Irving Service Station

This original Irving service-station coming from Sackville New-Brunswick was acquired by the Village historique acadien in 2005 and restored to it's initial condition.

The popularity of automobiles spread very quickly in the 1920 and 1930 years. Necessarily, a new building had to be created, which is the service-station. This became a cultural icon of the rural and urban scenery in Canada.  The Irving Company wanted a distinctive achitecture for it's service-stations.  The typical turet of the service-stations conceived by  Sam Roy confers a special trademark which will be unique across Canada.



Kenneth Colin (K.C.) Irving (1899-1992) was born in Bouctouche (New-Brunswick). In 1924, he is the owner of it's first service-station in  Bouctouche. The year after, he settled in St-John and in 1932, he had a building erected, the Goden Ball, which becomes it's general quarter.

The Irving Oil Company founded in 1927, sells gas in about 100 garages in the whole Atlantic region. Since 1936, the Irving Company counts as the most important distributor of the Ford Company in the Maritimes. In the same year, the company had consolidated six bus companies, the S.M.T. System, becoming the most important bus network in the Maritimes.



In 1924, Irving creates it's own gas named Primrose. In 1936, he built a service-station in Sackville and Sam Roy was the architect.
During the years 1935 and 1950, and without any doubt, Samuel Sam Roy, (Sam King) (1895-1978), is the most popular of the acadian architects. Sam Roy was born in Sainte-Marie de Kent and studied architecture in Boston. In 1930, the Irving Company hired Sam Roy for the construction of a service-station in Halifax. This is probably the first with its charateristic turet. In 1936, he is responsible for the service-station in Sackville.



The construction work for the Irving service-station at the corner of Main and Allison avenue started in October 1936. On November 19, the first operators, Paul and Reynold Blakney, took the direction.