Location: 2200 P Street, N.W., Washington, D.C.
Built: 1937
Architect: Pierre L. R. Hogner
Architectural style: Classical Revival
Governing body: Private
NRHP Reference #: 93001014
Added to NRHP: September 30, 1993

"The Embassy Gulf Service Station, designed in 1936 by Gulf Oil Corporation architect P.L.R. Hogner, was conceived and sited to complement its setting as part of an aesthetic directive by the Gulf Oil Corporation to construct a gas station with details, materials and massing more commonly associated with the mainstays of the communities such as banks and libraries. More than 170,000 gas stations were doing business in the United States by 1933. By 1937, Gulf Oil corporation alone boasted 60 service stations in Washington. The construction of the Embassy Gulf Service Station was part of Gulf's corporate expansion in Washington, DC. The exacting reviews and regulations in Washington necessitated that most of the Gulf stations designed for the city required further adaptation from their original designs. The siting of the station adjacent to Rock Creek park triggered a review by the Commission of Fine Arts, as well as review by the National Park Service and the National Capital Parks and Planning Commission. The Embassy Gulf Service Station is an important symbol of Gulf Oil's commitment to developing gas station architecture as community assets worthy of praise and preservation. ...

...The Embassy Gulf Service Station is a service station in Washington, DC, located on P Street near Dupont Circle and at the entrance to the Georgetown neighborhood. Constructed in 1937, it was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1993."

It is still used for its original purpose; as of 2007, the building serves as a repair shop and Sunoco station.

Note: Embassy Gulf Service Station Redevelopment "Embassy Gulf Service Station Redevelopment is a new condo development by Marx Realty & Improvement Co. currently in preconstruction at 2200 P Street Northwest, Washington. Embassy Gulf Service Station Redevelopment has a total of 34 units" HISTORIC PRESERVATION REVIEW BOARD STAFF REPORT AND RECOMMENDATION "Recommendation: The HPO recommends that the Review Board find the proposals for relocation and new construction incompatible with the character of the landmark and inconsistent with the purposes of the preservation act."

For More Information:

Embassy Gulf Service Station
Embassy Gulf Service Station
Embassy Service Gulf Station Historic Preservation/National Park Service
Dupont Circle's Fancy Gas Station
First posted: Apr 8, 2014, 2014
Last update: Jan 20, 2020