Work begins to refurbish Frank Lloyd Wright gas stationAn automotive repair bay got a thorough shower last week as the R.W. Lindholm service station’s 50th anniversary makeover began.
By: Jana Peterson, Pine Journal
An automotive repair bay got a thorough shower last week as the R.W. Lindholm service station’s 50th anniversary makeover began. Painter Larry Vandenburg from Swanson & Youngdale in Duluth started the job by giving a thorough cleaning to one of the automobile bays before starting to paint. He will prep and paint the entire interior in June before moving outside to repaint the building’s exterior.
Vandenburg should know the intricacies of the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed station in Cloquet – he painted the exterior 20 years ago.
“I made the paper then, too,” he said with a laugh.
No one at the station last week could recall the interior ever having work done since Terry Chartier began operating Best Service in the space nearly 26 years ago.
Other work to be done before the Aug. 7 anniversary events includes roof repair, sheet rocking and lighting repair. The petrol equipment has also been updated, according to John McKinney of Best Oil, whose relatives commissioned the station’s construction through Wright. The Lindholm/McKinney family still owns the station.
The makeover will be a multi-year project and the family, along with the Carlton County Historical Society, has applied for grant funding to help pay for the work, including the Small City Development Grant given to Carlton County to oversee this summer.
An exhibit celebrating the 50th anniversary called, “Frank Lloyd Wright in Cloquet,” opened June 12 at the Carlton County Historical Society, located at 406 Cloquet Avenue, just two doors down from the station itself. Showing through Sept. 11, the display brings together Wright’s architectural drawings for the station as well as his residential structures planned for Cloquet. It will include advertisements and press from the time of the station’s opening and slides of its construction. For more information, call 218-879-1938 or visit www.pinejournal.com.