Sprague's Super Service Station to Receive Honors Plaque
The National Park Service, Route 66 Preservation Program announces a plaque will be presented on September 21 to the owner of Sprague’s Super Service in Normal, IL to honor her work completing a project to restore the historic Route 66 service station.
Constructed in 1931, by building contractor William W. Sprague, the service station sat squarely on the original alignment of U.S. Highway 66. The two-story, Tudor Revival-style structure included a restaurant on the ground floor with living quarters upstairs.
Over the years, a number of operators leased or owned the station, which sold at different times, Texaco, Cities Service, Gulf and Zephyr gasoline. In the 1970s, it ceased selling gas and turned into a bridal shop, cake gallery and catering operation. The pumps were removed in 1979.
Terri Ryburn, a Route 66 author, bought the property in 2006. In 2007, Ryburn received a cost-share grant from the NPS to develop a Historic Structures Report to guide the building’s restoration and funds to replace the roof over the garage and make repairs to the ground floor restrooms. Additional money came from the Town of Normal, which funded the replacement of the building’s main roof; a separate grant from the State of Illinois paid for a new HVAC system. In 2008, Ryburn worked to get the property listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Ryburn has plans to turn the old Sprague’s Super Service into a visitor center, coffee shop and tea room and a public meeting space. “Even though (progress is now) going much slower, I will get it done,” says Ryburn.
Plaque Dedication for Sprague’s Super Service
305 E. Pine Street, Normal, Illinois
Tuesday, September 21, 5:00 PM
Refreshments will be served after the presentation and the public will be invited to tour the former service station.
For more information: http://www.nps.gov/history/rr66
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