The Sprague Super Service station along Route 66 in Normal. Illinois, probably will open to travelers in May, a few weeks later than originally anticipated.
The reason for the delay is because work still is being done. The Bloomington Pantagraph reports:
Normal’s Historic Preservation Commission approved three steps Tuesday to improve the exterior: tuck-pointed bricks on the front canopy and repaired stucco and half-timbering, funded from a $16,000 grant arranged by caretaker Terri Ryburn. […]
The town, which owns the property, is also rehabbing the inside, including replacing bathrooms with new ones that comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act. After the property has opened, they’ll remove parts of the building to the south and west added after it was constructed in 1931.
In December, it was anticipated the station would open in April.
Ryburn also told the newspaper she’s lined up vendors — mostly local or products made in America — for the gift shop, which also will be the visitors center for the property.
Ryburn also wants to eventually host meetings, music events and plays in the station.
The city of Normal bought the property last year from Ryburn, who had bought it 10 years ago and used several grants to stabilize and improve the structure. Once it reopens, she will run the gift shop and live in its upstairs apartment for $120 a year.
Sprague Super Service was built in 1931 on Route 66 by William Sprague. It was a unique in its design as a gas station and residence. It originally sold City Service gas but it was turned into other businesses by the 1940s, and the pumps were removed by 1979. It’s on the National Register of Historic Places.