First publishedin World Highways
In the UK the listed building status normally reserved for architectural masterpieces has been awarded to two canopies originally built for petrol stations. The structures, erected in the 1960s, are located at Markham Moor in Nottinghamshire and Red Hill in Leicestershire. The canopies both feature a circular parasol design and are the last remaining of a series of similar structures commissioned by oil firm Mobil. The structure at Markham Moor was converted into a roadside eatery although the Red Hill canopy is still used as a petrol station. The canopies were awarded the status on the grounds that they date back to a time when driving was an adventure, due in part to the unreliable nature of most vehicles of the time.