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Volunteer Vacation Restoring Vintage Virginia Gas Station
Historic Preservation Blog from PreservationDirectory.com - historic preservation projects, heritage travel, volunteer, volunteer vacation, roadside architecture, gas stations, restoration, 20th century architecture, window restoration, 20th century buildings
Contributed By: Jamie Donahoe
Email The Author: jmdonahoe@adventuresinpreservation.org
Website: http://www.adventuresinpreservation.org/

Volunteer Vacation Restoring Vintage Virginia Gas Station

Adventures in Preservation (AiP) is looking for people to join the modern preservation movement. Their newest historic preservation-based volunteer vacation, “Glazing at the Gas Station” is scheduled for May 23-28, 2011, in Gloucester, Virginia. Volunteers will help restore one of Virginia's original Texaco stations, the 1930 Edge Hill Service Station. The site will ultimately have a new – and greener - life as small enterprise office space.

Working with restoration experts, volunteers will repair the station’s many windows, striving for both historical accuracy and increased energy efficiency. The group will also work on developing a lighting plan that will allow the station to be brightly lit at night but use only a fraction of the energy historically used to do so.

Restoration of the building is a community effort. Archaeologists from AiP’s project partner, the Fairfield Foundation, with the support of fellow history lovers, have rescued the building and intend to make its restoration the focal point for preservation of all types in the ancient county seat.

This is a great experience for anyone interested in industrial heritage, roadside attractions, or early 20th century architecture. The project, hoping to draw volunteers from throughout the country, is scheduled for May 23-28, 2011. In addition to restoration work, volunteers will be treated to an assortment of excursions to explore the previous 300 years of the region’s history. The cost is $1,500, which includes lodging, breakfast and lunch; field trips; insurance and instruction. Learn more or register online at http://www.adventuresinpreservation.org/ws-edge-hill-volunteer-vacation.htm.

 


Keywords: historic preservation projects, heritage travel, volunteer, volunteer vacation, roadside architecture, gas stations, restoration, 20th century architecture, window restoration, 20th century buildings

Posted: September 7, 2010
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