Beautifully Restored Gulf Service Station in Waco

By: jwilder

waco restored gulf service station
Photo by James Wilder

This classic Gulf service station on Washington Avenue in Waco Texas was restored by car enthusiast brothers, Gary and Randy Balusek. The restoration was finished around October 2014.

The Baluseks restored the building mainly to provide a place to work on their own cars.

Although the building looks like a museum, it is privately owned and as far as I know, tours are not available.

Before the Restoration

waco gulf service station before restoration
Google street view screen shot.

According to a Waco Tribune article, the station used to be operated as LT One Automotive. In the 1960s and 1970s it operated as Monty’s Auto Shop.

I stumbled on this before image of the Gulf station through Google street view. The gorilla was a bit of a surprise. Turns out that this gorilla is a bit of a star. His name is Darwin and he now lives in the front yard of a house on Austin Avenue.

Gulf Station with Thunderbird

waco restored gulf service station Ford Thunderbird
Photo by James Wilder

It's safe to expect that where there is a cool old gas station there will be cool cars. This beautiful Ford Thunderbird has been spotted recently. It certainly enhances the restoration work done by the Baluseks.


The building is located on the northwest corner of Washington Ave. and N. 15th St.

It is privately owned and as far as we know, tours are not available.

Gulf Service Station
1425 Washington Ave.
Waco, Texas

More Cool Gas Stations

One of my favorite old gas stations in Waco is a former Phillips 66 station on Waco Drive. I trace its design back to 1940s California.

If you are planning a trip to Waco, you might want to check out my Waco Attractions for Auto Enthusiasts guide. It's a simple one page list of suggested Waco attractions geared for auto enthusiasts.


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