Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Downtown Hollister Historic District: 756 San Benito Street

The historic commercial building at the northwest corner of San Benito and South Streets has been home to various businesses throughout the years. Currently, it is home to the Country Rose Cafe. For many years, the building served as a grocery store with a butcher section.

A contributing historic building to the Downtown Hollister Historic District, it was constructed in 1933 by Tony and Frank Borelli, according to Welcome to Historic Downtown Hollister, a walking tour pamphlet by Sharlene Van Rooy. The Borelli brothers designed their store to be a drive through. It was known as the Public Drive-In Market.

The photo in Ms. Van Rooy's pamphlet, showed a car entering the market on San Benito Street and another car leaving on South Street. The white recessed decorative panels that you see on the east and south faces of the building mark the entrances and exits for vehicles.

Once upon a time this decorative cut-out was an archway
for cars to enter the Public Drive-In Market on San Benito Street.

These former archways are on the south side of the building. In the photo
Welcome to Historic Downtown Hollister, a car was leaving the market
through the archway on the left.

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