Restaurant, Roadhouse, 17233 IH 35, West

Address: Restaurant, Roadhouse, 17233 IH 35, West

Date: ca. 1930

Historic Uses: Restaurant, Roadhouse

Company Affiliation: Humble Oil

Stylistic Influences: No style

National Register of Historic Places: Recommended Eligible

Previous Designations: National Register Eligible (Indiv.)

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The Style Station, also known as the White Oak Dance Pavilion and White Oak Grocery, is a former gas station and music venue. The venue attracted people from the surrounding small towns of Elm Mott, White Rock, West, and Ross. The gas station served multiple purposes, dispensing not only gas and oil, but food and drinks as well, along with functioning as a grocery store. Although the resource is no longer a music venue, it would be significant under Criterion A for its association with Music at the local level.

As a music venue, the band would set up inside in a corner and the dancing took up the rest of the space. This property has historical associations with bands during the 1930s through the 1960s. Personalities known to have played here include Milton Brown, Bob Wills, and Lefty Frizzell. Its association with Milton Brown and the Musical Brownies during the early years of Western Swing makes this resource significant under Criterion B at the local level.

The building is significant under Criterion C in the area of Architecture at the local level as a nice example of gas station architecture based on the Humble Oil model from the 1920s to 1930s. This style of gas station is not a common typology along the IH 35 corridor.

For more background information on this gas station and road house, read the Memorandum on the Intensive Study for the Style Station.

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