Thursday, February 26, 2015

Downtown Hollister Historic District: Noncontributors, Part 1

The vacant building at 220 Fourth Street was the former San Benito Hotel. Built in 1900, it is part of the Downtown Hollister Historic District. Unlike the two buildings that it sits between—the Masonic Lodge and the former Villa Pace Hotel, this historic building is a non-contributing building to the historic district.

The Downtown Hollister Historic District has a number of noncontributors, which means that during renovations, some of their original materials were replaced or their original design elements were lost. Over the next few days, I'll be featuring some of these historic buildings.

140 Fifth Street

Yes, this is a Quonset hut. It was built around 1946 and once was part of Bauder and Company, which occupied the site on its west side. (This picture was taken in 2012.)

202 Fifth Street

This corner building at Fifth and East Streets was constructed around 1915. Architectural details were removed from the building during a 1950s remodeling, according to the notes in the National Register of Historic Places.

206 and 208 Fifth Street

This historic noncontributor was built around 1920. It's a single-story building with two storefronts. Today, Country Groomers (206 Fifth Street) occupies the east side of the building while Koas Gallery Tattoo (208 Fifth Street) is on the west side.

221 Fifth Street

The building that was once home to Muenzer's  was constructed around 1950. Cornets occupied this site when I was a young child. Perhaps it was built for the five and dime store.

230 Fifth Street

Built in 1907, this historic edifice has none of its original facade, according to the notes in the National Register of Historic Places. By the way, have you ever been in Irma's Fashions, a women's clothing shop? It has some very cute items in there.


Over the past six weeks, I posted photos of over 40 contributing buildings to the Downtown Hollister Historic District. Click here to see those posts. Contributors mean that the buildings still maintain their original materials and design elements, particularly above the first floor if they are multi-story buildings. Owners of contributing buildings cannot demolish them without first meeting certain requirements.

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