This presentation is part of Are We There Yet? Preservation of Roadside Architecture & Attractions Symposium, Tulsa, Oklahoma, April 10-12, 2018.

Presentation Video and Transcript

By Renee Benn


The presentation will showcase Texax Department of Transportation’s (TxDOT) recently updated Field Guide to Gas Stations in Texas. In 2016, TxDOT completed a visual guide and context to twentieth century gas stations. The guide includes a company branding guide that provides graphic clues to identify, categorize, and evaluate gas stations for cultural resource management professionals and the public. A new matrix visually explores the evolution of gas stations by major oil companies in Texas over time. The guide also includes registration requirements with illustrations to help professional historians better understand significance and assess integrity of gas stations for National Register of Historic Places (NRHP) evaluations.  Illustrations demonstrate building forms and architectural features that researchers can use to identify brands and assess integrity. The guide includes illustrations such as the one attached, which professionals can use to see how integrity may affect NRHP eligibility.

In addition, TxDOT developed a web based Story Map featuring independently owned gas stations, which may be accessed here: https://txdot.maps.arcgis.com/apps/MapSeries/index.html?appid=772b140642154b86a438069cc e7daf54

A link to the Field Guide is here: http://ftp.dot.state.tx.us/pub/txdot-info/env/toolkit/420-05- gui.pdf


Renee Benn is an historian with the Texas Department of Transportation, conducting Section 106 reviews, with a specialty in historic roads. With the Texas State Historic Preservation Office (SHPO), she oversaw studies of named historic highways in Texas including Bankhead and Meridian highways. Other TxDOT work projects provided for studies of the Old Spanish Trail named highway and the Austin to San Antonio Post Road of 1915.


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