Thursday, July 30, 2009

The events continue...

Book events are always interesting and tonight's special event was no different. The Wisconsin Historical Society Press was invited to put up a display and sell books during a house and garden tour at the Governor's Mansion on Lake Mendota in Madison. I was available and tagged along to sign books and chat with visitors. Several people shared that they had enjoyed the book.

By far the best comment I heard all night came from a resident of Janesville. This gentleman noted the effect the book has had in Janesville and shared that multiple copies of Fill'er Up have been seen at city council and historic commission meetings there.

You might recall that the station above has been threatened often. The fabulous Standard Oil super service station was built in 1930 and is eligible for listing on the National Register of Historic Places. The building is said to be located in the way of progress and the future growth of the Janesville police department. But, residents and supporters believe the building matters, it can be successfully reused, and are looking for a way to save it. Time will tell but I hope they are successful.

It is encouraging to hear that Fill'er Up is more than an entertaining read. Of course, we think it's much more than just that. In addition to a wee bit o nostalgia, there is plenty of inspiration for those willing to invest the time and heart into old buildings like the super service station in Janesville. There are examples of award-winning historic rehabilitations like Sherman Perk in Milwaukee. There are vintage photographs and resources throughout that will guide individuals in the right direction. And, there are a few examples of stations that have been horribly altered and even demolished that may serve as a warning.

If we can help with a project in your community, please be in touch. Don't hesitate to ask questions. Fill'er Up should help you understand why these buildings matter and we hope that others will be willing to listen.

For a list of upcoming events, please take a look at this link. We hope to see you soon!