Tuesday, December 6, 2011

100 Things I Like: The Ross Building

The Ross Building is such an anomaly among the other historic buildings on the Fifth Street block between San Benito and Monterey Streets. There it stands confidently oblongish, low, and "soft" among the straight and sharp angles of the much older and taller buildings. The Ross Building makes me think of space aliens and ice cream. Not both at the same time, of course. That would be weird.

At the back of the building is a freight elevator. Obviously, it doesn't go up, unless it's a portal to another dimension. See, space aliens. If only. According to what I've been told, the original owner designed the structure so that it could be converted into  a supermarket or a warehouse in case it failed as an office building. Hmmm, that's a lot of ice cream one could haul to the basement.

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  1. Sounds like the builder didn't have much confidence in the economy either. :)

  2. Manzi, I thought he was pretty smart for thinking in case. :-) I think he built it anywhere between the 1930s to 1950s. Something else I need to find out.


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