Union 76 gas station at Crescent Dr and Santa Monica Blvd, Beverly Hills

Union 76 gas station at Crescent Dr and Santa Monica Blvd, Beverly Hills

This Union 76 gas station was built in 1965, so it doesn’t really qualify for the golden-era Hollywood photos that I usually focus on, it’s so damned dramatic—especially at night—that I feel compelled to post this arresting photo anyway. It stands at the corner of Crescent Dr and Santa Monica Boulevard in Beverly Hills and is really like no other gas station I’ve ever seen. Evidently, it was originally intended to be part of the Los Angeles International Airport, which kind of makes sense, given its futuristic sensibility.

This is what it looks like by the light of day:

Union 76 gas station at Crescent Dr and Santa Monica Blvd, Beverly Hills

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2 Responses to Union 76 gas station at Crescent Dr and Santa Monica Blvd, Beverly Hills

  1. Louella Rehfield says:

    Oh wow Martin! This really got to me since we lived so near that intersection (506 N. Crescent Dr.) and at the time the Pacific Red car would have been where that gas station now stands. I moved in 1950 & my parents stayed until 1961. Happy Easter and love to you & Bob, L&M.

  2. Jean Hunter says:

    That’s fascinating, Louella. I probably drove by this station a million times and didn’t pay attention. If buildings didn’t look like they were built in the Golden Age of Hollywood, I often didn’t haha

    Here’s more interesting info on this particular gas station:

    https://www.laconservancy.org/locations/union-76-gas-station

    Happy Easter!

    Jean