Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Downtown Hollister Historic District: 542 San Benito Street

One of the contributing historic buildings to the Downtown Hollister Historic District stands at 542 San Benito Street. Until a few years ago, it was home to Enterprise Electric. Several decades before that it was the K&S Market.  Today, the building is empty and up for sale.

The two-story commercial edifice was built around 1915, with the first floor being remodeled around 1970. The storefront has a modern look, while the second floor, which has four apartments, retains its original architectural style.

The ornamentation on the top of the second floor is quite handsome. Here's a partial description of the second story design from the registration form that was submitted in 1992 to the National Register of Historic Places:
". . .The parapet, which is the front (east) elevation, is divided into two curved sections. The cornice has a paneled band, a dentil course, and decorative brackets that appear to re-emerge above the paneling and give the effect of clamps. . . ."


  1. Sweet. Glad they are still there

    ‎"Optimism is the one quality more associated with success and happiness than any other." Brian Tracy

    ALOHA from Honolulu

    1. I like that quote, Cloudia. Thanks for reminding me.

  2. Such a pretty district.

    1. Lots of things are in the works to bring more people to downtown, both tourists and locally.


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