Gill Saw Service looks like an old gas station.
Great textures in the final three shots. Amazing there can be such beauty in disrepair.
It very well could have been at one time; this building looks to have been around for a long time.
I think there is a newer Gill saw shop over on the north side Troy Ave., between Shelby Ave. and Carson Ave.--P.J.
I've always been intrigued by the Gill Saw building and thought it would make a cool coffee house or something like that. But from the looks of the horrible conditions inside, it sadly will probably never become anything new.
There are similar old service station buildings around town, featuring Bedford Stone fronts and high peaked gables. Two I'm familiar with are just north of 49th & College (to be demolished for the redevelopment there) and at 38th & Central. The one at 38th still has its distinctive blue tile roof. I believe they were "Pure Oil" brand stations.
Gill Saw Service was still operational in that facility as recently as the late 1990s, even though the exterior looked pretty much the same then as it did today. I know some retailers really don't need an impressive facade to lure business, but Gill was amazing--it looked abandoned even when it was fully operational.
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