Monday, February 23, 2015

Downtown Hollister Historic District: 501 San Benito Street

The beautiful three-story slate blue building on the southeast corner of San Benito and Fifth Streets was once the Elks' Temple. Built in the early 1920s, it is another contributing building to the Downtown Hollister Historic District. The building was designed by Shea & Shea Architects for the Elks Hollister Lodge No. 1436 for a quarter of a million dollars, according to Welcome to Historic Downtown Hollister, a walking tour pamphlet by Sharlene Van Rooy.

Who can deny the beauty of this Mediterranean Revival style building, from its projected cornice on its north and west sides to its ornate window treatments and moldings? And, the entry way on the building's south end on San Benito Street is edged with beautiful marble.

Look near the top of the building on the San Benito Street side and you can see  a clock complete with an elk's head.

I'm linking up at Blue Monday, which is hosted by Smiling Sally. Click here to check out other blue-colored interpretations by bloggers around the world.


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