Historical preservationists were horrified when a service station was built beside and in front of the historic Baker-Peters House on Kingston Pike. The house, built in 1849, contains offices and (until recently) a restaurant. Building the station required taking out an oak tree even older than the house.
The service station went belly up well over a year ago and has been vacant since then. Reports are the property has finally been sold, but hasn’t gone to closing. What the new purpose will be is a matter of conjecture. Since a service station was not successful on the site, perhaps another more compatible use may be found.
A photograph of the service station with the Baker-Peters house behind it once appeared in Southern Living as an example of horrendous design decisions.