Interior design business to breathe new life into former gas station

A 1960s-era gas station along State St. in Boise is about to get a new life. Boise interior design firm Design Vim plans to renovate the old Oasis Garage at 3128 W. State St. for its new headquarters.

“During the past 16 years of living in #boise, we’ve watched mid-century architecture be demolished and replaced with strip malls and un-cool gas stations,” Design VIM wrote on Facebook. “Sadly, there just isn’t the same appreciation and value for maintaining mid-century treasures anywhere else in the world.”

According to a building permit filed with the City of Boise, workers will put about $40,000 renovating the building.

The one-time gas station popped up in 1964 according to Ada County Assessor records. Over time it housed a German auto repair business, Oasis Auto and other uses. It sat vacant since 2014.

Hallie Thomas and Katy Hoxsey found the property when searching for a place to setup a permanent headquarters.

Almost a year ago to the date, a series of events lead us to the crazy idea of turning this old service station into our…

Posted by Design Vim on Monday, 11 March 2019

“Lucky for us, the owners are very sentimental about the building,” Design Vim noted on Facebook. “We learned more about the owner’s past and growing up working on cars in the shop with their dad. We gained even more appreciation and respect for their family history and we were relieved to learn that demolishing or extensively remodeling the building just didn’t sit well with them.”

You might recognize Design Vim’s work if you’ve visited the Gas Lantern bar in Boise or the offices of the Krazy Koupon Lady.

It’s one of two adaptive reuse projects in old gas stations along State St. Wildflower is in the process of moving to a new location at 28th and State, just a few blocks away.

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