Well, then. As I’ve mentioned before, I don’t use Google Street View images on this site, unless I absolutely have to, as I feel it’s imperative for me to get out there in the field and actually photograph buildings myself. But every so often, I see a need to go back and look at a past Street View image, and try and figure out what the heck was happening a year or two before October of 2018 when I saw the building above on Central Avenue between 14th and 15th streets. Below, you can see what it looked like before what was probably one of the ugliest “slipcovers,” as we call it, was removed.
And what a story that is told after it was removed. What was originally probably a Romanesque Revival dry good store or office building has had an interesting life, hasn’t it? Look below at all the different accretions it has received over the years.