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Sweet Digs - Service With a Smile: a Gas Station is Transformed into a Modern Prairie-Style

Sweet Digs - Service With a Smile: a Gas Station is Transformed into a Modern Prairie-Style

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from the center of his spacious kitchen, dana ireland enjoys a panoramic vista of the palos Verdes peninsula’s portuguese point as he prepares a meal or entertains guests. a little more than 20 years ago, motorists took in the same view as they filled their tanks with gasoline, steps away from where ireland and his family now fuel up with a quick bite to eat. in its first incarnation, the sunlit kitchen served as one of three Shell gas station service bays, perhaps the world’s most scenic spot to have an oil change. a convenience store dispensed chips, chewing gum and bottled water in what is now the formal sitting room of the irelands’ frank lloyd Wright-inspired residence in rancho palos Verdes.
arguably the most photographed piece of coastline in all of the South Bay, the jutting cliff of portuguese point is visible from just about every east- facing room of the home, and catalina island looms large from south-facing windows. for a lifelong Manhattan Beach resident like ireland, the notion of
having unobstructed, pristine vistas in the South Bay was about as plausible as a 1970s gas station becoming a stately residence. But despite the picture- perfect scenery, ireland says his wife at first was not impressed. “She was pretty adamant that she didn’t want to move into an old gas station,” he grins.
from the center of his spacious kitchen, dana ireland enjoys a panoramic vista of the palos Verdes peninsula’s portuguese point as he prepares a meal or entertains guests. a little more than 20 years ago, motorists took in the same view as they filled their tanks with gasoline, steps away from where ireland and his family now fuel up with a quick bite to eat. in its first incarnation, the sunlit kitchen served as one of three Shell gas station service bays, perhaps the world’s most scenic spot to have an oil change. a convenience store dispensed chips, chewing gum and bottled water in what is now the formal sitting room of the irelands’ frank lloyd Wright-inspired residence in rancho palos Verdes.
arguably the most photographed piece of coastline in all of the South Bay, the jutting cliff of portuguese point is visible from just about every east- facing room of the home, and catalina island looms large from south-facing windows. for a lifelong Manhattan Beach resident like ireland, the notion of
having unobstructed, pristine vistas in the South Bay was about as plausible as a 1970s gas station becoming a stately residence. But despite the picture- perfect scenery, ireland says his wife at first was not impressed. “She was pretty adamant that she didn’t want to move into an old gas station,” he grins.

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Published by: South Bay Digs on Jan 13, 2012
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SERVICE WITH A VIEW:
A GAS STATION IS TRANSFORMED INTO A MODERN PRAIRIE-STYLE
 
         “
 I BELIEVE EVERY BUILDING HAS A VOICE,”  Dana Ireland muses,“If you canslow downand listen to it,it will tell youits story.

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