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Miami Marathon Oil Company Service Station

331 South Main, Miami

Located on a prominent corner of Main Street, the Miami Marathon Oil Company Service Station was built in 1929 to serve local customers and Route 66 travelers. This one-story station is an example of the house with canopy type, and its design incorporates elements of the Neoclassical Revival style which came to symbolize the Company. A triangular pediment and classical columns form the service bay, giving the station the appearance of a miniature Greek temple. This "service station" type became popular in the late 1920s and early 1930s as oil companies strived to incorporate their industry into residential neighborhoods. Executives believed that the type projected a feeling of a "safe-haven" for Route 66 travelers.