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The Gas Station Frank Lloyd Wright Designed for His Ideal Suburbia

Broadacre City never materialized, but you can still fill-up at the old Lindholm station in tiny Cloquet, Minnesota.
The old Lindholm service station as it appeared in May 1990.
The old Lindholm service station as it appeared in May 1990.Wiki Commons / Library of Congress

Frank Lloyd Wright’s architectural genius didn’t quite extend into the realm of city planning. Take his beloved Broadacre City concept. Each American family would get an acre of residential land, with other areas set aside for industrial, commercial, and agricultural uses—all of it connected by “spacious landscaped highways.” He continued in his 1932 book The Disappearing City:

Though a general reflection of what American suburbia has become, Broadacre City never emerged, strictly speaking. But one of those service stations that Wright hyped did see the streetlight of day: the Lindholm Oil Company Service Station, a registered historic site in tiny Cloquet, Minnesota. Today it’s a Spur gas station locatable on Google Maps: