The Somers Oil Service Station building is important for its association with the development of the automobile service business in Littleton. It was built in 1922 as two buildings, a service station projecting south and a greasing station projecting east. The hipped roof service facility with overhanging eaves and thick pier supports demonstrate service station architecture of the 1920s. The station’s architecture is vaguely Spanish with its tile roof and projecting porch supported by thick piers with globe lanterns. If you look closely, you will see that this fireproof building is all cast-in-place concrete.
Somers Oil Company of Denver formally opened on June 17, 1922, and continued to operate as Somers Oil Service Station through 1932. By 1938, it was listed as the Claude Lowell Service Station, and it used the catchy “Littleton’s Conveniently Located Service Station” advertising slogan. Lowell’s suggested that shoppers leave their cars for servicing while they did their shopping on Main Street, stating “you waste no time or extra steps this way, and our reliable service will save you expense on car maintenance”. Lowell Service Station remained at the location for more than 20 years.
The station housed Littleton Glass (by 1962), a vacuum and sewing machine sales and repair shop (until about 2010), and then several restaurants.
The Somers Oil Service Station was added to the Littleton Main Street Historic District in 2005 as a contributing building. It was listed as a contributing structure on the Littleton Main Street National Register of Historic Places District on April 8, 1998.