Airplane Filling Station
Project overview
YEAR: 2006 CLIENT: Airplane Filling Station Preservation Association LOCATION: 6829 Clinton Highway, Powell, TN VOLUNTEER(S): Ric Mixon, AIA

Airplane Filling Station Preservation Association requested assistance from the ETCDC to develop as-built drawings and a vision for the purpose of restoring and maintaining this iconic example of roadside Americana.

The Airplane Filling Station was originally built in 1932 and is an excellent example of a type of building style known as roadside architecture.  It is located on Clinton Highway in Powell, TN. The  building  was abandoned and falling into disrepair, prompting a group of citizens to form the Airplane Filling Station Preservation Association (AFSPA)  for the purpose of restoring … Read More

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The Airplane Filling Station was originally built in 1932 and is an excellent example of a type of building style known as roadside architecture.  It is located on Clinton Highway in Powell, TN.

The  building  was abandoned and falling into disrepair, prompting a group of citizens to form the Airplane Filling Station Preservation Association (AFSPA)  for the purpose of restoring and maintaining the structure.

Volunteer architect Ric Mixon and ETCDC student intern Joseph Cole used copies of the original plans of the building to develop as-built drawings. The proposed plans were developed to adapt the building to modern use with an updated toilets and ADA accessibility.

Today the former filling station is home to John’s Barber Shop and is filled with before and after photos of the restoration. It has  been featured on the Heartland Series, The Tennessee Traveler, and a Mercedes-Benz commercial.  In 2018, AFSPA transferred ownership to Knox Heritage, whose mission is to preserve structures and places of historic or cultural significance for our community.

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