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Bonfield's Service Station, 6124 MacArthur Boulevard, Glen Echo, Montgomery County, MD



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Location
6124 MacArthur Boulevard, Glen Echo vicinity, MD

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Created/Published
Documentation compiled after 1933.

Notes
Survey number HABS MD-965
Building/structure dates: 1914 initial construction
Building/structure dates: 1934 subsequent work
Significance: Bonfield's Service Station is perhaps the only continually operating early twentieth century auto service station, virtually unaltered since the 1930's, in the metropolitan area. Very few changes have been made to this circa 1915 site which includes original air pump and outdoor repair pit. The garage and service station stands as a tribute to the development and growth of the age of the automobile. The effects of the automobile, seen in the tremendous increase of mobility, and thus the significance of sites such as Bonfield's Service Station have been often overlooked as part of the seemingly too recent, familiar past. Thus, although not a terribly old structure itself, the relatively recent history of the automobile makes Bonfield's a fairly early site. In addition, service industries such as automotive station are often subject to periodic upgrading, and therefore are not often long-lived. Bonfield's Service Station was established to cater to traffic along this federally owned stretch of road which is still a main route between Maryland and the District of Columbia.

Subjects
Automobile Service Stations
Automobile Industry


Related Names
Bonfield, Walter
Boucher, Jack E., Photographer
Crawford, Catherine, Historian


Collection
Historic American Buildings Survey (Library of Congress)

Contents
Photograph caption(s): 
1. GENERAL VIEW, LOOKING WEST
2. FRONT, SOUTHEAST ELEVATION, LOOKING NORTHWEST
3. FRONT, SOUTHEAST ELEVATION, LOOKING NORTH
4. FRONT, SOUTHEAST ELEVATION, LOOKING NORTH, CLOSER VIEW, HORIZONTAL FORMAT
5. FRONT, SOUTHEAST ELEVATION, LOOKING NORTH, CLOSER VIEW, HORIZONTAL FORMAT, WITH MR. WALTER BONFIELD, OWNER
6. VIEW OF ORIGINAL AUTO REPAIR PIT, LOCATED JUST SOUTHWEST OF THE GARAGE BUILDING
Front, Southeast Elevation, Looking Northwest
Front, Southeast Elevation, Looking North, Closer View, Horizontal Format, With Mr. Walter Bonfield, Owner


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