Sunday, February 15, 2015

Downtown Hollister Historic District: 800 San Benito Street

Running Rooster and Intero Real Estate Services occupy the historic commercial building at 800 San Benito Street that was once the home of Tiffany Ford. A contributing building to the Downtown Hollister Historic District, it was constructed in 1935 for Tiffany Ford, which was established in 1910. Tiffany Ford was in the downtown location until 1999 when it moved to current location on San Benito Street. Click here to see how the building looked in the late 1990s.

This one story Spanish Revival building has two L-shape sections. For many years, the building was white. It has two towers, but only the northern tower (Running Rooster's entryway) is original.  Click here to see a photo of how the tower looked when Tiffany Ford owned the building.  The southern tower (Intero's entryway) was added within the last 10 years or so, which compliments the building quite nicely.

Originally, the north section of this structure was used for car service and repair, while the south section (facing San Benito Street) contained the car showroom and offices. Notice how the windows in the photo below are set in each section of the wall. Once upon a time, windows filled the sections. Click here to see how it looked.

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