In 2012, artist Robert Guthrie told the Times-Picayune that the 100-year-old gas station he’d painstakingly renovated was his “best work of art.” Well known for creating the 1992 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage poster, Guthrie swore he’d never sell his unusual Bayou St. John residence. He lived there until his death in 2014.
Now Guthrie’s magnum opus is up for grabs.
Thanks to its green tile, stucco, and original sign holder, the gas station’s Spanish style-exterior appears much as it did in 1918. Inside, Guthrie preserved many of the gas station’s original elements, including its weathered concrete floors. He added four peaked skylights, which soak the open living area and its exposed wooden trusses with sunlight. Steel reinforcements help support their weight.
The industrial-chic kitchen includes stainless-steel appliances that evoke images of chrome cylinders. Cabinet door pulls are embossed with emblems salvaged from classic cars.
The master bathroom lies beyond the kitchen. Subway tiles surround the Jacuzzi tub and create an automotive logo. The sconces once served as headlights.
To access the second bedroom and bathroom, ascend a staircase supported by garage’s original hydraulic lift. Transom windows and red accents brighten up the space. There’s also a rooftop terrace with downtown views.
Featured in Paste, Huffington Post, CNN Money, HGTV, and many other outlets, the storied, 2,225-square-foot gas station conversion asks $649,000.
Via: Chris Smith of Gardner Realtors