"Cottage" Gas Station – Ottawa, Ontario - Atlas Obscura

"Cottage" Gas Station

This defunct Champlain Oil service station harkens back to the early days of automobiles.  

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Constructed in 1934, this small service station is an architectural rarity. American architect Carl-August Petersen designed the building in the Tudor Revival style. The rounded doorways and windows, steeply-pitched roofs, and chimneys are similar to those found on old English cottages and homes in the surrounding Island Park neighborhood. 

It served as one of Ottawa’s first drive-in gas stations during the early boom of automobile ownership in the 1930s. It operated as such until the late 1960s when it became a used car dealership. Since 2014, the building and plot have changed hands between a few property developers, who plan to incorporate the structure into a mixed-use space.

Notably, the former Champlain Oil Company service station was once owned and operated by Charles-Émile Trudeau, grandfather of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. The building received Heritage Status in 2015.

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