This striking gas station was once part of a 13-acre shopping center, anchored by a Safeway supermarket. The center, called Oriental Gardens, was designed by Taliesin architect Aaron Green and its architectural style was modern, with strong Asian influences.
Aaron G. Green Associates, Inc.
Chain Store Age, Volume 40, Issues 1-8, Lebhar-Friedman Publications, 1964
Gas station front and side views (2009), Heather David
Vintage view, courtesy Jan Novie of Aaron Green Associates, Inc.
Aaron Green was known for incorporating unusual geometric shapes into his designs. Note that the main structure of the gas station consists of several rhombus-shaped walls, which join to form a pyramid. An attached canopy is fronted by an inverted triangle.
This gas station is a great example of Green’s unique architectural style. With the demolition of its associated shopping center, the gas station stands as the only surviving Aaron Green-designed commercial structure in the South Bay. And because the gas station is open to the general public, it offers people the opportunity to experience first-hand the work of Aaron Green.