Construction crew to breathe new life into service station

Wednesday, September 28, 2011
Project to transform downtown building Democrat Photo/Lindsay Reed Lowe's Construction has taken on a project to restore the old building at the corner of Main and 10th Street in Cassville. When restoration work is complete, the service station will offer a glass store front that will be used to display 1950s memorabilia and a pair of classic automobiles.

A restoration project currently being completed by Lowe's Construction, of Cassville, will transform a dilapidated downtown building into a community asset. Bud Lowe plans to restore the old service station located at the corner of Main and 10th Street to its former glory.

"We want to put it back to what it looked like in 1957," said Lowe. "We plan to renovate it to make it look like it did then and put back as much of the original structure as possible."

Lowe has acquired one photo that shows what the building looked like in the 1950s. Community members who have photos of the old service station are invited to share them with Lowe to help with the restoration project.

"We have a general idea of what it looked like," said Lowe. "We know that the outside was kind of a cream color originally, and it had red trim. All the wood work in the building was trimmed in red."

Lowe said that he has learned that the service station was originally a DX Oil Company station. At one time it was operated by Spiz Stephens' father, said Lowe.

"We plan to get a couple of old gas pumps to put out front," said Lowe, "and we will get a DX sign to put up. We hope to have all of this done by the Christmas parade. We want it to be ready to show off by then."

In addition to restoring and painting the exterior of the building by December, Lowe Construction crews will renovate and restore the front office area before the end of the year.

"Then, we will work on the shop area," said Lowe. "We will probably use the shop to restore some old cars that we might have for sale to generate some income."

The office area of the building will be decorated with 1950s memorabilia, and two of Lowe's classic automobiles will be on display in the glass windows at the front of the building.

"The front was all glass windows," said Lowe. "It's all still there too. It's just covered up right now."

The building also has an operating fireplace that will remain intact, said Lowe.

"This is just something that I like to do," said Lowe. "They wanted to tear it down, but I thought we should bring it back to life so that people can enjoy it. I've teamed up with my son, Mike, and nephew, Troy, to make it look like new again. Beyond that, I'm not sure what we will do with it.

"It is a unique building with unique architecture," said Lowe. "I like to be a part of preserving something like that."

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