Artist Converts Old Gas Station Into Stunning Modern Home

It has subtle hints of its former life as a gas station, with a modern artistic appeal.

Many of the aspiring grease monkeys out there are probably wishing that they could live inside of a gas station. One New Orleans resident has decided that he is actually going to live this dream and the results are amazing. Most of us look at old gas stations as mere buildings. This man took one look at this gas station and saw a chance to create a beautiful home for himself.

He’s tied in all of the necessary elements, too. Sure, there are plenty of references to classic vehicles and gas station nostalgia. No place like this one would be perfect without them. The new home is not totally reliant on nostalgia, though. He’s worked in lots of modern elements that are designed to create a more relaxed atmosphere.

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Gas ⛽️ Station Home 🏡 …Hello & Happy Tuesday! I hope you’re having a great day! It is time for our weekly transformation Tuesday post! You are not going to want to miss out on this one‼️ 👀🤯⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ From nola.curbed.com, “Converted into a modern, loft-like space, a circa-1918 gas station hits the market for $649K.⠀ ⠀ It’s a true work of art.⠀ ⠀ In 2012, artist Robert Guthrie told the Times-Picayune that the 100-year-old gas station he’d painstakingly renovated was his “best work of art.” Well known for creating the 1992 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage poster, Guthrie swore he’d never sell his unusual Bayou St. John residence. He lived there until his death in 2014.⠀ ⠀ Now Guthrie’s magnum opus is up for grabs.⠀ ⠀ Thanks to its green tile, stucco, and original sign holder, the gas station’s Spanish style-exterior appears much as it did in 1918. Inside, Guthrie preserved many of the gas station’s original elements, including its weathered concrete floors. He added four peaked skylights, which soak the open living area and its exposed wooden trusses with sunlight. Steel reinforcements help support their weight.⠀ ⠀ The industrial-chic kitchen includes stainless-steel appliances that evoke images of chrome cylinders. Cabinet door pulls are embossed with emblems salvaged from classic cars.⠀ ⠀ The master bathroom lies beyond the kitchen. Subway tiles surround the Jacuzzi tub and create an automotive logo. The sconces once served as headlights.⠀ ⠀ To access the second bedroom and bathroom, ascend a staircase supported by garage’s original hydraulic lift. Transom windows and red accents brighten up the space. There’s also a rooftop terrace with downtown views.”(See more here: https://buff.ly/2Ws9x5y)⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Thoughts 💭 🤔⁉️ Would you live in this repurposed building…from pumping gas to passing gas in your own home‼️ 😂 #GasStationHome #Repurposed #Sustainability #HomeTransformation #Home #TransformationTuesday #ResultsDrivenRealEstate #RJRealEstate #RickyTheRealtor

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The open interior is not expected, either. We were stunned when we were given the chance to check out the inside of the gas station, er, home. This does not look like Grandpa’s garage. The converted residence is a mere stone’s throw from the French Quarter and there is something about this place that simply screams “New Orleans”!

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It’s one of the most fun cities that we have ever visited, so it does not surprise us to see such a fun residence here. Robert Guthrie is the artist who is responsible for this masterpiece and he’s got lots of antiques and wall art to round out the decor aspect of things. The home does not have an ounce of corniness to it. Guthrie’s creation only hints towards nostalgia, without being consumed by it.

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That’s a tough balancing act to handle, for sure. Many homes like this one lose their way and end up descending into full-on kitsch. Robert, on the other hand? He has crafted a pad that is equal parts stylish and comfortable. Guthrie clearly digs the rustic loft look, as the high ceilings give the gas station the same appearance as a converted barn. This serves as an intriguing contrast with the metallic furniture.

The bathroom is Guthrie’s favorite area of the home. He loves the sink lights, which are old car headlights. The black subway tile is also a very nice touch. He’s also converted the gas station roof into a deck so that he has plenty of outdoor space. Robert’s truly thought of it all, hasn’t he? Be sure to check out the video below when you are ready for the full tour!

According to Curbed New Orleans, Guthrie lived in his gas station home until he passed away in 2014. The house is now on the market, so if you’re interested in purchasing it for yourself you can learn more here.