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Posted on: September 20, 2013

[ARCHIVED] Historic Pure Oil Building Featured In Geneva's 2013 Pewter Ornament

Fall is here, but the City of Geneva already has an eye on the holidays with the arrival of the 2013 pewter ornaments highlighting the iconic Pure Oil Building.

The ornaments make a perfect gift for those who live in or love Geneva. The ornaments will be sold for $12 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Friday at City Hall, 22 S. First St. The back of the ornament provides history of the former automobile service station.

The Pure Oil Company Building was constructed in 1937 along the historic Lincoln Highway during a time when these businesses began developing their own, unique architectural styles as a way of “branding” their name and product. Pure Oil chose to utilize the “English Cottage Style” in white brick with a blue roof and trim for its stations. The eclectic design was intended to characterize quaint charm, warmth and “at home” appearance.

Hundreds of these facilities were built across the country, but only a few Pure Oil buildings remain today. The former station serves as a significant piece of Geneva’s history. Earlier this year, the building became home to Geneva Bank & Trust.

This is the fourth year Geneva has sold its traditional pewter ornament to the community. Previous ornaments have featured the City logo and City Hall.

Ornament quantities are limited. For more information, call Sherri Weitl at 630-232-7494.

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