Sinclair Service Station

National Register Listing
Street Address:
10782 Jacob Smart Blvd., Ridgeland, SC (Jasper County)

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Description and Narrative:
The former Sinclair Service Station, constructed in 1937, is significant in the area of transportation because the parcel was developed as a direct result of the installation and construction of U.S. Highway 17 to meet the commercial demands of the ever-increasing automobile traffic. Known as the coastal highway, U.S. Highway 17 was the primary route connecting Florida to the northeastern United States, until Interstate 95 was constructed in the 1970s just east of the town. The Sinclair Service Station continued to operate as a service station through 1978 when the demand for services was relocated to areas immediately adjacent to the Interstate 95 corridor. The building is also significant in the area of architecture as a well-preserved example of a Mission Revival style prototypical service station for Sinclair Corporation in 1937. The one-story, T-shaped building is indicative of early twentieth century roadside architecture using the “castle” style prototype developed by the Sinclair Oil Corporation in the early 1930s with a vehicular canopy and service bay. The stucco walls, flat roof behind a crenellated parapet, curvilinear brackets, flared columns, barrel tile roofing and decorative glazed tile exterior are characteristic of this particular prototype known as the “castle” style. The enclosed building contains the office, restroom, storage and a wide service bay. Listed in the National Register October 13, 2015.
Period of Significance:
1937 – 1965;1937
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Date of Certification:
October 13 2015

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Jasper County