Sunday, October 30, 2011

Spaceship Inspired designed Petrol Station Demolished

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These twin oval shaped designs that formed part of this petrol station in Launceston have been demolished.  Buildings most at risk are those in our recent past - looking back at all periods of history, each style at some stage was at risk. It's only with hindsight that people say things like "what were they thinking do demolish all those wonderful buildings"  This very thing happens today with many 20th Century buildings being altered or demolished.  Sadly it takes the process of time for our recent past to be acknowledged as important to our social and cultural fabric.


  1. You are so right Thomas...I've been reading a book on Miami Modern architecture and the wonderful, wonderful buildings (especially very groovy mid-century motels) that have been demolished there almost brings tears to my eyes.

  2. I think they were a design for Mobil?

  3. Do you know when the twin oval shaped designs were installed? Are there any others in Launceston that remain as part of a functioning petrol station?

  4. They were designed for Mobil in the early 1970s. To the best of my knowledge Helen, there are no other designs left like this in Launceston.


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