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Gas Station on Woodward Makes An Attractive Pharmacy

As it turns out, 1947 gas stations make great pharmacies, who knew? When we first found out that Fusco, Shaffer & Pappas Inc., the Farmington Hills-based architecture firm was redesigning the above building, we were concerned. In order to get the historic and brownfield tax credits and a grant from the Hudson-Webber Foundation, the owners (Detroit Central City) needed to make sure that the remodeled building retained a gas station architectural character even though the new tenant was a PharMor Pharmacy. And that sounded weird. But looking at this photo taken yesterday, we see that this former eye sore is now looking like a renovation success. Well played!

· What does a 1940s gas station have in common with a pharmacy? Midtown. [Crain's]
· 1947 Standard Oil Station at 3169 Woodward [You Tube]