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Building, 2250 Gervais Street: 1990s?   12 comments

Posted at 1:01 am in business

OK, I need some help with this one. The only things I know about this building are that it seems (there is no address on it) to be at 2250 Gervais Street, it was built in 1945 and is 280 square feet...

Just from the looks of it, I would say that it started life as a walk-up, window-service, restaurant. I know that over the years, I've seen a number of different operations there, but at this point, I can't bring any of them to mind.

In particular, I can't figure out why it seems to have a cairn out front:

Written by ted on January 6th, 2011

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  1. If it's the same place I'm thinking of, it might have been called "Smokey D's BBQ" or something like that a couple of years ago, but not for long. I think it was an ice cream joint called "Lil Scoop" back in the 90s/early 00s, but I wouldn't swear to it.

    badger

    6 Jan 11 at 9:45 am

  2. I have some info about the cairn in front of the building. There was an article in The Free Times 5 or 6 years ago about an artist that was building these all over this part of town. I think there are several in the area bounded by Gervais, Harden, Millwood and Devine. I think the article mentioned that the guy wanted them to last for a long time and that he was a master stonemason.

    Matt

    6 Jan 11 at 9:55 pm

  3. I've been passing that building for over 45 years and don't remember it being used for anything. I'd say it was originally a gas station, and I have a dim memory of pumps out front.

    Here's some more info about the rock pile artist. He lives just couple of doors down from me:

    http://www.jeffersonhubbell.com/index.html

    Dennis

    7 Jan 11 at 4:56 am

  4. I agree w/ Dennis about the gas station thing - it just has that old gas station look to me.

    Deibu

    7 Jan 11 at 8:31 am

  5. I was going to disagree with the gas station thing, but if you look at the aerial view on Bing maps, you can clearly see where the pump island used to be.

    I've driven by that place for years and never noticed it. Weird.

    tonkatoy

    7 Jan 11 at 10:05 am

  6. I was born in Cola. in 1950 and during the 50's and early 60's there was a chain of tiny filling stations that gave away those cheap pale green dishes that were thought ugly and a sign of poverty until Martha Stewart made them stylish and expensive a few years ago. These little filling stations must have dated to the 30's and I remember seeing them all over the state but I cannot remember their name. Was it Save More. The stations were white and only sold gasoline and I am pretty sure there was one on Gervais St.

    gary

    7 Jan 11 at 12:38 pm

  7. That place had been a snack shack at one point in the semi-recent past.
    Here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/jeffersonhubbell/3735927346/ is the sculpture. I drive by it everyday and have noticed people have been pulling stones out of it.

    ChiefDanGeorge

    8 Jan 11 at 7:21 am

  8. @ Gary-Is the name of the stations you are thinking of SOC?Their stations were white with red trim and their roofs had sharp points. The only other "gas-only" chain from that era that I can think of, other than Hess, is Spur.

    Tom

    8 Jan 11 at 7:28 am

  9. @CDG -- that's a much nicer picture than my grey-day one!

    ted

    8 Jan 11 at 1:51 pm

  10. Jefferson Hubbell does exceptional stone & brick work. I would LOVE to live in the hunting lodge that he's working on in Fairfield County (from the Flickr site). Are you kidding me, merely a hunting lodge? I'm not begrudging someone with lots of money to throw around, but hey, what a waste of a view when not hunting.

    I love it when an artist finds a "practical" medium to work in and then pushes the pedal to the metal. It must be nice to make a living with one's art, that's something very few artists know anything about.

    Michael Taylor

    9 Jan 11 at 2:24 am

  11. WLTX just had the cairn in the news this morning(5/25/2011) in some new segment "What is that". Curtis Wilson said it erected in the 70s by a woman who now runs a restaurant somewhere.
    I should email them the link to this article.

    ChiefDanGeorge

    25 May 11 at 5:11 am

  12. Just re-watched the segment, that idiot keeps calling it a rock pyramid.

    ChiefDanGeorge

    25 May 11 at 5:13 am

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