Charlestown build­ing re­stored to 1930s mem­ory

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Cecil Whig - - LOCAL - By JANE BELLMYER [email protected]­cil­whig.com

— While the in­side is fully modern with stain­less steel ap­pli­ances, lam­i­nate floor­ing and replica mar­ble coun­ters, the out­side of 300 Mar­ket St. hear­kens to a time when mom and pop stores ruled the mar­ket­place.

For those old enough to re­mem­ber the Charlestown of the early 20th cen­tury, Shock­ley’s Store and the gas sta­tion are back — at least from out­ward ap­pear­ance.

Richard and Pamela Ma­han, who also own the his­toric In­dian Queen home at 322 Mar­ket St., are just fin­ish­ing the in­te­rior ren­o­va­tion and pre­par­ing to find ten­ants for the four apart­ments. At the same time, the cou­ple is cel­e­brat­ing their suc­cess at recre­at­ing the ex­te­rior, which Pam hopes will in­cite oth­ers to do like­wise.

“It was in bad shape. We’ve spent the last four months ren­o­vat­ing it back to its unique gas sta­tion ex­te­rior,” she said.

Built in 1930, 300 Mar­ket St. was best known as Shock­ley’s Store, es­sen­tially Charlestown’s gen­eral store that also fea­tured a ser­vice sta­tion with a garage and gas pumps.

CHARLESTOWN

“It was also the town post of­fice at one time,” she said.

Sit­ting on a busy cor­ner, the build­ing was in a unique po­si­tion in town.

In the process of the ren­o­va­tions, they have dis­cov­ered sig­nage from the gas sta­tion, in­clud­ing the large “This is Charlestown” sign ad­ver­tis­ing Stan­dard Mo­tor Gaso­line that a neigh­bor agreed to let them have. There’s also a sign an­nounc­ing gas be­ing sold for 30.5 cents per gal­lon.

“We’re try­ing to find old gas pumps,” Ma­han said.

For the pe­riod, the cou­ple fig­ures the mod­els with a glass globe at the time would be per­fect.

What was once cin­der block grey is now bright white with blue shut­ters. There’s even a set of faux garage doors show­ing where cars would pull in for ser vic­ing.

“It’s got so much in­ter­est­ing ar­chi­tec­ture,” Ma­han said. “It’s a piece of Charlestown his­tory.”

The Ma­hans are hop­ing that their project may spark more of this kind of re­vi­tal­iza­tion to fol­low in the his­toric town.

“Maybe this is part of, hope­fully, the start of peo­ple ren­o­vat­ing old prop­er­ties in Charlestown,” she said. “It’s not about us. It’s about try­ing to do good for the town.”

CE­CIL WHIG PHO­TOS BY JANE BELLMYER

The faux garage door on the side of the for­mer Charlestown Gas Sta­tion at 300 Mar­ket St. helps recre­ate the shop that was there in the early part of the 20th cen­tury.

Pamela and Richard Ma­han have spent the past four months recre­at­ing the ex­te­rior of this prop­erty at 300 Mar­ket St. in Charlestown to look as it did in the early 20th cen­tury.

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