Friday, January 23, 2015

Downtown Hollister Historic District: The Grangers Union Building

The two-story commercial building that takes up half the block on the west side of San Benito Street between Sixth Street and Brown Alley is called the Grangers Union Building. This historic contributing building in the  Downtown Hollister Historic District was built in 1917. A general merchandise store incorporated in 1890, the Grangers Union had two previous buildings at the site. The 1906 Earthquake destroyed the first building, while a fire took the second building. 

Glance up at the top of the building to see the beautiful detail of the cornice that goes around its front and side. The entry way to She's, which used to be Ladd's Hardware, is my favorite aspect about the building. As a kid, I always thought the support column was a sign of times past and when I went through the doorway, I felt like I was stepping into another world. I still do.

Today, the Grangers Union Building is home to:

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