IHBC’s Wiki partner Designing Buildings Wiki (DBW), has taken the opportunity to offer a little CPD boost for IHBC members who might want to relax with tea and a biscuit as they review this Teapot Dome Service Station from Washington state, USA, a former gas station, and its scandal-struck background, the Teapot Dome Scandal of 1921-22 which involved bribery and corruption.
Built in the shape of a teapot, it was one of many such novelty buildings found along highways as ‘attractions’ during the 1920s and 30s. However, this building is more significant than most as it was an architectural reminder of a government scandal.
The Teapot Dome Scandal of 1921-22 involved bribery and corruption in avoiding competitive bidding on petroleum reserves. It had a damaging impact on the then-President Warren Harding, and the Interior Secretary Albert Fall was sent to prison. Some of the reserves were located at Teapot Dome, Wyoming.
Read the DBW article on the Teapot Dome Service Station