Former Churchville gas station dressed up for 'House of Cards' shooting

House of Cards comes to Churchville in Harford County

A former gas station at the intersection of Route 136 and Route 22 in Churchville briefly got a makeover this week as a set for shooting scenes for the Netflix series "House of Cards."

The station, closed for over a decade at the busy intersection, was made up to look like a fictional Surf gas station and convenience store.

The fictional Surf was selling regular gasoline for $2.49 a gallon, according to a marquee, about 50 cents higher than the average price around Harford County of just below $2 per gallon, including at the nearby Royal Farms at Route 155 and Route 22.

As crew members were wrapping up their work late Tuesday morning, one said they had been shooting scenes for "House of Cards." The show's fifth season is in production and scheduled to air in 2017.

Black marks, which resembled soot from a fire, could be seen around the front windows of the store. Production representatives on set were not available to talk, and a security guard asked a reporter for The Aegis to leave the property.

Production for the political drama, set in Washington, D.C. and starring Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright, is based in Joppa.

Outdoor scenes for the past four seasons have been shot throughout Harford County in locations such as Aberdeen, Havre de Grace, Bel Air and Edgewood, as well as locations elsewhere in Maryland. Interiors at locations in Baltimore and Annapolis, including the Maryland State House and The Baltimore Sun newsroom, have doubled as Washington, D.C. locations.

A casting call at the Bel Air Armory in June drew hundreds of people seeking roles as background extras in the show.

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