Saturday, December 3, 2011

100 Things I Like: 5th & San Benito Streets

Represented here is architectural design from late 1800s,
1930s, and 1990s (the Briggs Building behind the Vault).
On the four corners of Fifth and San Benito Streets stand some of the oldest and tallest buildings in Hollister.
  • The Vault is located on the NW corner. Built in 1931, it was originally the Bank of America. Lots of Art Deco going on with that building, both in and out. 
  • The Italianate building on the NE corner went up around 1874. Its first owner was William Palmtag, one of the founders of Hollister.
  • The old Elks Lodge building stands on the SE corner.
  • Standing empty, the old Pendergrass building is on the SW corner. A once-upon-a-time hotel and office building, its construction was completed in 1927. The building was owned  by Jesse Pendergrass, a Hollister mayor.
Much of this information came from Welcome to Historic Downtown Hollister, a walking tour brochure, which I obtained from the San Benito County Chamber of Commerce. The brochure was put together by Sharlene Van Rooy.

For more 100 Things I Like About Living in Hollister, click on that link.


  1. I am always interested in history and story of old buildings.

  2. Hi, oceangirl, it's always a pleasure to know you've dropped by. :-)


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