- Project plans
- Project activities
- Legislation and standards
- Industry context
Last edited 18 Oct 2017
Teapot Dome Service Station
The Teapot Dome Service Station in Washington state, USA, is a former gas station regarded as a classic example of mimetic architecture.
Built in the shape of a teapot, it was one of many such novelty buildings found along highways as ‘attractions’ during the 1920s and 30s. However, this building is more significant than most as it was an architectural reminder of a government scandal.
The Teapot Dome Scandal of 1921-22 involved bribery and corruption in avoiding competitive bidding on petroleum reserves. It had a damaging impact on the then-President Warren Harding, and the Interior Secretary Albert Fall was sent to prison. Some of the reserves were located at Teapot Dome, Wyoming.
The building was hand-crafted and built in 1922 on what would become known as Route 12. Measuring 14 ft in diameter, it comprises a circular frame clad in timber shingles, with a conical roof, sheet metal in the shape of a teapot handle, and a concrete stove pipe that was constructed to resemble a spout.
The service station remained operational until 1978 when Interstate 82 was built nearby. It was then badly damaged by a car and reconstructed 1.2 miles away. In 2012, it was moved to its current location at 117 First Avenue, Zillah, Washington, and completely restored. Having been listed on the US National Register of Historic Places, it now serves as a visitor centre and tourist attraction.
 Related articles on Designing Buildings Wiki
Featured articles and news
A survey of Leicester’s historic buildings resulted in local listing being taken more seriously.
Demolition is the most high risk activity in the construction sector. Read our introductory article here.
BSRIA report on the domestic boiler market, with China recording the most 'dynamic market uptake'.
Do we really know everything important about the impacts of our infrastructure projects? And if we don’t, does it matter?
Former Chief executive Richard Howson blames government for being 'poor payers'.
An environmental plan is an essential tool for setting and managing environmental objectives for a project.
CLC call for an 'outcome-based, transparent and efficient' industry with new report.
The first NIC assessment suggests there is a golden opportunity to provide low-carbon energy.
It's featured prominently as the backdrop to the World Cup coverage - read about the most iconic building in Russia.
Report highlights growing need for soft skills and digital skills among civil engineers.