Stockton - Center- Commerce Streets

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Although millions of public and private dollars invested in Downtown Stockton have brought a host of events to downtown's public urban parks and plazas, to entertainment facilities such as the Weber Point Event Center, the Stockton Arena, Banner Island Ballpark, and the newly restored Bob Hope Theatre. Exciting projects have been completed, including the new Marina with full service slips and guest/day docks, designed with an eye to boaters and pedestrians alike. 

Still downtown Stockton, an area of approximately 550 acres, has suffered as the surrounding city has grown. Due to the growth to the north, downtown is no longer the geographic or commercial center of town, but is left with a severely deteriorated retail function specializing in lower end of the market hotels and a poor, minority impacted social structure. Its uses are basically institutional and governmental in nature from 8:00 to 5:00 and is the largest center for elderly housing in the valley. The lack of pedestrian activities and amenities and the cross town aerial freeway connector leaves a negative feeling among the citizens.

It attracts a population of retired elderly, transient workers and vagabonds (males and persons over 65) who make Stockton their semi-permanent residence, taking advantage of the inexpensive living quarters offered in the deteriorating hotels and apartments and the food program of the senior service center. The majority of the housing units and hotel rooms are occupied by weekly or monthly renters. The area has a high crime rate (mainly assault) and is perceived by many as an unsafe place to go either in the day or night time. The edges are largely tattered, and the core area, mostly older 2-3 story structures, house the elderly and single poor.

Downtown Stockton has been designated a Stockton Enterprise Zone and the Redevelopment Area, designations from the state and city respectively, a myriad of incentives are available to business and property owners. These incentives are a   downtown attempt to attract new businesses and a destination for visitors and residents.

The photos on this page are a collection of past and present.

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00 Block North Center Street - Mostly Demolished in the West End Redevelopment

Colemans Center and El Dorado 1930s Center & El Dorado - Colemans - 1930s

1 N. Center - Rosedale Cafe - Demolished

3 N. Center -  Center Donut & Coffee Shop - Demolished

Puerto Vallarta Restaurant - 11 N. Center Puerto Vallarta Restaurant - 11 N. Center 11 N. Center St - Puerto Vallarta Restaurant - Former Sambo's /Season's / Bakers Square / Country Waffle House / Arizona Restaurant and Grill

12 N. Center- Cooper Donuts - Demolished for Parking Garage

13 North Center - Leland House / Leland Rooms - Demolished in West End Redevelopment - Courtesy of Ron Chapman 13 North Center - Leland House / Leland Rooms - Demolished in West End Redevelopment - Courtesy of Ron Chapman

14 N. Center- Lilly Rooms - Demolished in West End Redevelopment

17 N. Center- American Hotel / American Lodging House - Demolished in West End Redevelopment

23 N. Center- Toyoko Rooms - Demolished in West End Redevelopment

25 N. Center- Revere House / Tracy Hotel - Demolished in West End Redevelopment

30 - Bob's Beer & Wines

32 N. Center- Palm Rooms / Inland Hotel - Demolished in West End Redevelopment

33 N. Center - Howard Johnsons 33 N. Center - Howard Johnsons 33 N. Center - Howard Johnsons 33 N. Center - Howard Johnsons / Former Azores Inn

34 N. Center - La Rancherita Cafe

40 - Ohio Restaurant

45 - Abe's Trading Post

N. Center St - Weber Avenue Intersects

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Center & Levee Center & Levee

Center & Levee Center & Levee - Russ House - Left photo - Ron Chapman - right photo - Kevin Shawver

Holiday Inn 1962 - 221 N. Center Street 205 - Weber Point showing The Holiday Inn, Holiday Gulf Station - 1962 Holiday Inn 1962 - 221 N. Center Street - Courtesy of Scott Herring Holiday Inn 1962 - 221 N. Center Street - Courtesy of Scott Herring

235 N. Center - Chili Pepper Restaurant - Behind the Holiday Inn 235 N. Center - Chili Pepper Restaurant - Behind the Holiday Inn 235 N. Center - Chili Pepper Restaurant - Behind the Holiday Inn

N. Center St - Miner Avenue Intersects

345 - Newby's Boat Harbor

Stockton Memorial Civic Auditorium - 525 N. Center St Stockton Memorial Civic Auditorium - 525 N. Center St  with McLeod Lake Stockton Memorial Civic Auditorium - 525 N. Center St - 1930 Snow

501-525 N. Center St - Stockton Memorial Civic Auditorium - Built 1924-1925. A classic revival style building designed by local architects Glenn Allen, Ivan C. Satterlee and W. J. Wright features sculpted panels over the seven front entrances. A floor of California marble and an art glass skylight in the center of the flat dome. Stocktonians conducted bond drives to fund construction of the memorial auditorium to honor those who gave their lives while serving in the armed forces in World War I.

N. Center St - Oak Street Intersects

Center and Oak Street Cezar Chavez Public Library Center and Oak Street Cezar Chavez Public Library http://www.ssjcpl.org/locations/stockton/chavez.html

Stockton Travel Lodge - 631 N. Center Stockton Travel Lodge - 631 N. Center 631 N Center St - Travel Lodge

640 N. Center - Former YMCA 640 N Center St - Former YMCA

709 N. Center Street - Park Center Building 709 N Center St - Park Center Building

709 N. Center Street - Park Center BuildingCenter and Fremont - SPD0

Originally the First Church of Christ Scientist - 801 N. Center Street Originally the First Church of Christ Scientist - 801 N. Center Street Originally the First Church of Christ Scientist - Now Iglesia Universal Del Reino De Dios - 801 N. Center Street - The first services were held on November 25, 1928 in this Grecian-ionic church designed by local architect Glenn Allen. The classical interior seats 1000 and features a leaded glass skylight centered in the dome, inlaid mahogany paneling and curly birch pews. Foyer details include bronze light fixtures and gold leaf accents. The Stockton Record deemed it a “Beautiful Edifice” upon completion in 1928. Added to the city register by resolution number 95-0107 on March 20, 1995

1200 N. Center St - Odd Fellows IOOF Hall 1200 N. Center St - Odd Fellows IOOF Hall 1200 N. Center St - Odd Fellows IOOF Hall 1200 N. Center St - Odd Fellows IOOF Hall

1200 N. Center St - Odd Fellows IOOF Hall

1200 N. Center St - Odd Fellows IOOF Hall, built in 1935. It was originally constructed as the office for the California Department of Public Works Highway Division. In the 50's & 60's it was the AAA auto club office.

The most widely encountered symbol of the IOOF – on signs, buildings and gravemarkers – is the three-link chain ("the Chain With Three Links", the "Triple Links") with three initials, 'F', 'L' and 'T', one each inside each link, signifying Friendship, Love and Truth.

South Center - Mostly Demolished in the West End Redevelopment

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Occidental Hotel (center) and Weber House (foreground), ca. 1875 Center & Main - Looking at Main Street - 1880s Occidental Hotel - Main & Center Center & Main -  Occidental Hotel - SW Corner Center and Main Streets Occidental Hotel (center) and Weber House (foreground), ca. 1875

1 S. Center - Weber Tavern

2 S. Center - Eagle Drug Store

Occidental Hotel (center) and Weber House (foreground), ca. 1875 Weber House - Center Street - 1860s 7 S. Center Street - Hotel Weber / Weber House - SW Corner Center and Main Streets - The Weber House was Stockton's best and finest hotel for nearly twenty years. It was a three-story brick building with 150 rooms, erected in 1853 at a cost of $50,000 by Dr. R. K. Reid and J. M. Warner. On December 1st it was opened by W. W. Warner. A banquet was given that evening with Captain Weber as toastmaster, and a large company enjoyed the feast. The building was heavily mortgaged to John Dillon, and was soon in the sheriff's hands. On March 20, 1855, it was bid in by the mortgagee for $12,000. Colonel Manning leased the building in 1855, in 1858 Dillon & Gross conducted it, and in 1860 Gorham & Sperry took charge. The Occidental Hotel is the center building on the right photo. Demolished in West End Redevelopment

12 S. Center Street - Pioneer Hotel / Lincoln Rooms - Demolished in West End Redevelopment
14 S. Center - Arroyo's Cafe
15 S. Center - Weber Grill
16 S. Center - TK Cafe
18 S. Center - Hotel Lorraine - Demolished in West End Redevelopment
19 S. Center - El Potisi Cafe
20 S. Center - Lorraine Inn Tavern
23 S. Center - Service Laundry

33-35 S. Center - Liberty Theatre / Royal Theatre - Courtesy of Ron Chapman33-35 S. Center - Liberty Theatre / Royal Theatre
29 S. Center - Shueng Loy Cafe 27 S. Center - Zieglers / Panama Inn Tavern
25 S. Center - Hotel Los Angeles
All Demolished in West End Redevelopment Photo courtesy of Larry Arroyo

26 S. Center - La Julieta Cafe

27 S. Center St. - Zieglers / Panama Inn Tavern 27 S. Center St. - Zieglers / Panama Inn Tavern

28 S. Center - Minnie's Hotel / Napoli Hotel - Demolished in West End Redevelopment
29  S. Center - Shueng Loy Cafe
32 S. Center - Hotel Nobby - Demolished in West End Redevelopment
34 S. Center - La Milpa Cafe Tavern

33-35 S. Center - Liberty Theatre - Courtesy of Ron Chapman 33-35 S. Center - Liberty Theatre / Royal Theatre - Demolished in West End Redevelopment

38 S. Center - Valencia Rooms - Demolished in West End Redevelopment
40 S. Center- Union Inn Tavern
42 S. Center - Paso Del Norte Tavern
43 S. Center - Yellow Front Inn Tavern
47 S. Center - Coma Hotel / Panama Rooms - Demolished in West End Redevelopment
48 S. Center - El Pasaiso Restaurant
49 S. Center - Center Food Store Grocery

S. Center St - Market Street Intersects

Click for Market Street 101 S. Center - U.S. Inn Tavern

103 S. Center - U.S. Hotel - Turn of the century 103 S. Center - U.S. Hotel - 1964 103 S. Center - Former U.S. Hotel 2015 103 S. Center - U.S. Hotel - 1964  - Demolished in West End Redevelopment - Middle Photo courtesy of Ron Chapman

106 S. Center - Morris Clothing Store
107 S. Center - Snow White Bakery / Centromart Warehouse
110 S. Center - Hotel Angelo - Demolished in West End Redevelopment

Centro-Mart - 111 South Center - Demolished - Courtesy of Ron Chapman Centro-Mart - 111 South Center - Demolished - Courtesy of Ron Chapman

Centro-Mart - 111 South Center - Demolished - Courtesy of Ron Chapman 111-117 South Center - Centro-Mart - Demolished - today, it's the Greyhound Bus Depot location

112 S. Center- Gravem-Inglis Baking Company - Demolished in West End Redevelopment
119 S. Center - Center Hotel  - Demolished in West End Redevelopment
120 S. Center - Paris De Noche Restaurant

121 S. Center - Greyhound Bus Depot 121 S. Center - Greyhound Bus Depot 121 S. Center - Former Greyhound Bus - Now demolished

122 S. Center- Laoak Club Tavern
124 S. Center - Hotel Taft - Demolished in West End Redevelopment
128 S. Center - Sun Chung Laundry
129 S. Center - Mexicali Club Tavern
130 S. Center - El Mambo Tavern
131 S. Center - Center Hotel - Demolished in West End Redevelopment
134 S. Center - Day & Nite Rooms / La Carolina Rooms - Demolished in West End Redevelopment
136 S. Center - El Zarpe Club Tavern
137 S. Center - Hotel Pacific - Demolished in West End Redevelopment
138 S. Center- Verco Club Tavern

139 South Center - Mandarin Market - Photo courtesy of Ron Chapman 139 S. Center - Roley's Chevron / Mandarin Market - Photo courtesy of Ron Chapman - Demolished in West End Redevelopment

142 S. Center - Toscano Hotel - Demolished in West End Redevelopment

147 S. Center - Louie's Market - Demolished in West End Redevelopment

S. Center St - Washington Street Intersects

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Crosstown Freeway Marker Center and Washington Crosstown Freeway Marker Center and Washington Bicycles under the Crosstown Freeway Bicycles under the Crosstown Freeway Crosstown Freeway Marker Center and Washington - Ort J. Loftus Crosstown Freeway Marker. This outstanding civic leader rejected the prospect that Stockton would settle for a "Freeway to Nowhere." He organized the FOCUS (Finish Our Crosstown-Unite Stockton) committee and motivated our state government to complete this vital link between I-5 and US 99. More than any other individual, he worked persistently it a "Freeway To Somewhere." - Dedicated March 16, 1987

200 - Royal Seventy Six Gas Station

Old Franklin School - Center & Washington Center and Washington Center and Washington - Franklin School - West side of Center between Washington and Lafayette - For a long time the board of education discussed the building of a schoolhouse and in August, 1858, they concluded that they had sufficient money and by a vote they selected a lot on Center and Washington streets as the location, and October 14 work was commenced. The building then constructed stood on the Franklin school lot, having been in constant use up to 1900. It was a substantial building of brick, two stories high and containing two large rooms as well as cloak rooms, a model building for that time. With the completion of the building, the public schools were housed beneath a roof of their own. The joy of the event was considered worthy of a public demonstration. On February 25, 1859, the change to the new building was made amid much rejoicing, the boys to whom the good fortune fell of occupying the new building, marched to their new home  - Demolished
218-220 S. Center - El Dorado Cleaners

200 Block S. Center - Officer Arlene Wong, one of the first woman officers 226 S. Center - Colombo Cafe. Officer Arlene Wong, one of the first woman officers. With her is officer, and later, Sergeant, Kent Cooper in the 200 block of S. Center. Arlene was hired in 1963 so the set of photos were probably taken during her first year

Colombo Hotel - 228 S. Center Street 228 S. Center - Colombo Hotel - Demolished in West End Redevelopment

Centro Hotel - 230 S. Center Street 230 S. Center - Centro Hotel

238 S. Center - Lung Sam Laundry

242 S. Center - Center Billiard

S. Center St - Lafayette Street Intersects

301 S. Center - Peacock Market
302 S. Center - Sung Sung Market
305 S. Center - Center Cleaners
307 S. Center - Hotel White - Demolished in West End Redevelopment
319 S. Center - Jackson Rooms / Hotel Kintai - Demolished in West End Redevelopment

McDonalds - 322 S. Center St. 322 S. Center and Lafayette - McDonalds & Food Mart

324 S. Center - Arroyo's Cafe / Former Acme Auto Parts - Photo by Floyd Perry Jr. 324 S. Center - Arroyo's Cafe / Former Acme Auto Parts 324 S. Center - Arroyo's Cafe / Former Acme Auto Parts - Left Photo Courtesy of Larry Arroyo. Right Photo courtesy of Floyd Perry Jr
325 S. Center - San Joaquin Lodge #1016

327 S. Center Street - Former Hotel Russell / Elks Hotel / Hotel Kisukan 327 S. Center Street - Former Hotel Russell / Elks Hotel / Hotel Kisukan 327 S. Center - Former Hotel Russell / Elks Hotel / Hotel Kisukan (1926)

S. Center St - Sonora Street Intersects

401 South Center - Stockton Rescue Mission 401 S. Center - Stockton Rescue Mission / Nippon Hotel - Demolished in West End Redevelopment

402 S. Center St. - T&O Richfield Service

Taken in front of Gaetano Alegretti's grocery and saloon at 403 S. Center Street 403 S. Center St. - San Joaquin County Historical Society and Museum photo, Taken in front of Gaetano Alegretti's grocery and saloon at 403 S. Center Street. Alegretti opened his store in 1869 and was a gathering place for new immigrants. He was often asked to write letters home for those who couldn't write because he was fluent in English, French, and Spanish. Pictured at left is A.P. Giannini, founder of the Bank of Italy (now Bank of America).

10 S. Center St. - Dayton Cyclery 1915 Dayton Motorcycle 410 S. Center St - Dayton Cyclery 1915 Dayton Motorcycle - This copy hangs in The Genova Bakery. I was told the the 3rd guy from the left is Angelo Rolleri, Genova Bakery founder
412 S. Center St.- Elm Hotel - Demolished in West End Redevelopment

West End Redevelopment Display - Courtesy of Ron Chapman West End Redevelopment Display at The Stockton Magnificent - Sep, 29 2012 - From the left: top row 0 block North El Dorado, NW Corner Main & El Dorado, 100 block North El Dorado. Second row, NE corner Main & El Dorado, 00 Block S. El Dorado, 00 Block of East Market

420-27 S. Center St. - Stockton Auto Wrecking

425 S. Center - Mi Ranchito Cafe - They were at 24 W. Main St in 1957

437 S. Center St. - Stockton Auto Wrecking - Now Mi Mi Ranchito Cafe parking lot

443 S. Center St 443 S. Center St. -

500 S. Center St. - PG&E Substation 500 S. Center St. - PG&E Substation 500 S. Center St. - PG&E Substation 535 S. Center St. - PG&E Facility

Center Street Overpass spiral ramp 800 Block S. Center Street Overpass Spiral Ramp

California Welding Supply - 817 S. Center Street 817 S. Center  - California Welding Supply

PG&E Building on Church Street Looking at the South side of the PG&E building fronting on Church Street from the Center Street overpass

800 Block of S. Center and the Santa Fe RR Tracks 800 Block of S. Center and the Santa Fe RR Tracks 800 Block of Center Street looking down from the overpass and the Santa Fe railroad Tracks looking West at I-5. The pink colored building is the old Safeway Warehouse which fronts on Scotts Avenue

Center Street Overpass looking North

825 S. Center - Former Arden Farms

945 - B&C Market

1020 S. Center -Sahuayo Meat Market / Former Mandarin Market 1020 S. Center -Sahuayo Meat Market / Former Mandarin Market 1020 S. Center -Sahuayo Meat Market / Former Mandarin Market 1020 S. Center -Sahuayo Meat Market / Former Mandarin Market 1020 S. Center -Sahuayo Meat Market / Former Mandarin Market 1020 S. Center -Sahuayo Meat Market / Former Mandarin Market

1033 S. Center- Former Boggio Barber Shop 1033 S. Center- Former Boggio Barber Shop 1033 S. Center- Former Boggio Barber Shop

1036 S. Center - Former Fitzgerald & Snyder, Printers

1037-1047 S. Center - Party Wholesale Novelties (1959) / Troglia & Son Groceries (1950) 1037-1047 S. Center - Party Wholesale Novelties (1959) / Troglia & Son Groceries (1950)

1048 - Dud's Place Tavern

1131 S. Center - Earl's Pump & Supply

1136 S. Center St. - Former Derby Tavern 1136 S. Center St. - Former Derby Tavern 1136 S. Center St. - Former Derby Tavern

1147 S. Center - Stockton Rug Works / A.F. Grillo Groceries (1950)

Former Huck's Drive Inn & Huckins Mobile Gas (1959) - 1203 S. Center Former Huck's Drive Inn & Huckins Mobile Gas (1959) - 1203 S. Center Former Huck's Drive Inn & Huckins Mobile Gas (1959) - Courtesy of Nicola Mclachlin 1203 S. Center St. - Former Huck's Drive Inn & Huckins Mobile Gas (1959) - Still in the 1976 Directory / Hucks Frost Top Restaurant - Huckings Tourist Camp - Left photo - Nicola Mclachlin

S. Center & 35 E. Jackson Winter Service Station / Clayton's Garage

1311 S. Center - Casper Shoe Repair

1320 S. Center - Capitol Furniture back side

1335 S. Center - C.A. Jensen's Shoe Repair - Late 1800s - Early 1900s 1335 S. Center - C.A. Jensen's Shoe Repair - Late 1800s - Early 1900s

1345 - Stockton Rug Works Cleaners

S. Center St - Charter Way Intersects

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1402 S. Center - Former D. Gianelli & Son Restaurant (1959) 1402 S. Center - Former D. Gianelli & Son Restaurant (1959) / A.G Gianelli Grocer (1950)

Edison High School - 1425 S. Center Edison High School - 1425 S. Center Edison High School - 1425 S. Center Edison High School - 1425 S. Center Edison High School - 1425 S. Center Edison High School - 1425 S. Center Edison High School - 1425 S. Center Edison High School - 1425 S. Center Edison High School - 1425 S. Center Edison High School - 1425 S. Center Edison High School - 1425 S. Center Edison High School - 1425 S. Center Edison High School - 1425 S. Center Edison High School - 1425 S. Center Edison High School - 1425 S. Center Edison High School - 1425 S. Center Edison High School - 1425 S. Center 1425 S. Center - Thomas Alva Edison High School - Opened in 1941 at what is now the corner of Charter Way, now called Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd, and Center Street. It is named after the American Inventor Thomas Edison. The campus has been expanded through the years, with the addition of major classroom buildings and a library in the 1970s. and new classroom additions for the 2013-14 school year.

1502 S. Center - Don's Drive Inn / B&L Drive In (1960) / Parker House Restaurant (1958)

1520 S. Center - Capricho's - 1524 S. Center - Drum Stick Restaurant (1960) / Helen's Cafe 1520 S. Center - Capricho's - 1524 S. Center - Drum Stick Restaurant (1960) / Helen's Cafe 1520 S. Center - Capricho's - 1524 S. Center - Drum Stick Restaurant (1960) / Helen's Cafe

1564 S. Center St - Alhambra Motel 1564 S. Center St - Alhambra Motel

1627 S. Center - Former Valley Lumber - they have moved to 1850 S. El Dorado St 1627 S. Center - Former Valley Lumber - they have moved to 1850 S. El Dorado St 1627 S. Center - Former Valley Lumber - they have moved to 1850 S. El Dorado St - The Former Sky Corporation / Nehi Bottling building

1705 - Stuart Haire Excavating

1717 S. Center - Former Kilpatrick's Bakeries

1733 - Don's Barber Shop (1960)

1775 S. Center St. - Former Henry's Pharmacy 1775 S. Center St. - Former Henry's Pharmacy

El Dorado Street Intersects

Center forms a Y into S. El Dorado Street

Channel Street

Cornethian Building - 31 E. Channel Street 31 E. Channel - State of California office building. (center and far right) Completed in 1964 on the site of the former Cornithian building. (Left) The Corinthian  was Stockton's second theatre - Charles Weber and Richard Hammond constructed this building in 1850 on the north shore between Center and El Dorado Streets. The building served as the town meeting hall, theatre and restaurant.

25 East Channel street. The building was directed in 1863 for the use of the "Weber's" of the Volunteer Department. It was then joined on the west by the Corinthian Building, a three-story structure which, when it was erected in 1850, was the largest building in a State of California. It was owned by Weber & Hammond and in 1851 contained the post-office, the court-room (presided over by Justice of the Peace S. Dean) a church, a theater, a public assembly room where society gathered in the early days to "trip the light fantastic," the law offices of Terry & Perley and Van Buren & Root, and a number of private lodgings

29 E. Channel - Seattle Hotel - 1925

31 E. Channel - Busalacchi Fish Market - (1947) 31 E. Channel - Busalacchi Fish Market - (1947) 31 E. Channel - Busalacchi Fish Market - (1947) 31 E. Channel - Busalacchi Fish Market - (1947) 31 E. Channel - Busalacchi Fish Market - (1947)

Stockton House / St. Charles Hotel Bridge & Eldorado - Masonic Temple - 134 N. El Dorado Street Bridge & Eldorado - Masonic TempleStockton House / St. Charles Hotel

The Stockton House Hotel was a three-story building constructed in 1850 with lumber floated up the San Joaquin River at flood tide. it was the first good hotel in the city and located on Bridge Street opposite the head of the channel. There were accommodations for seventy people. The rooms were small and contained a slat bedstead, two chairs, a looking glass and a washstand. Everyone used a communal toilet and washroom. Whale oil lamps and candles furnished the light. James Goucher took over the management of the hotel in 1851. In 1854 he bought the hotel and renamed it the St. Charles Hotel. In 1859 it was one of the first buildings in the city to use gas lights. In 1861 running water was added to the first floor. It was the headquarters for the Union men during the Civil War. The building burned in 1871. The location later became  The Masonic Temple

Channel & Hunter looking East Channel Street looking East from the sixth floor of the Edmond S. Coy Garage

Channel & Hunter Channel & Hunter - Courtesy of Floyd Perry Jr.

1890s: Hunter St. and Bridge St. Channel & Hunter St. and Philadelphia House - 205 Bridge St. - Pioneer Coal - 315 North Hunter - 1880s

191-193 East Channel - Europa Hotel & Weber Fire Department - 1880s191-193 East Channel - Europa Hotel & Weber Fire Department - 1880s

Kabob & Gyro House - 225 E. Channel St Kabob & Gyro House - 225 E. Channel St Kabob & Gyro House - Greek Restaurant - 225 E. Channel St

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Channel and San Joaquin looking SW Channel and San Joaquin looking SW

Weber and San Joaquin Yo semite Cash Grocery Weber and San Joaquin Yo semite Cash Grocery

Budd Building - 327 E. Channel

Budd Building - 327 E. Channel Budd Building - 327 E. Channel Budd Building - 327 E. Channel Budd Building - 327 E. Channel Budd Building - 327 E. Channel

327-333 E. Channel St. - Budd Building - Berkeley Apartments - The early portion of the building located at 327-333 East Channel Street, is a remnant of a private boarding house constructed about 1890. It is possible that the first story portion is even Older, because its brick construction is unlike the upper floors. The 1895 Sanborn Map Illustrates the original footprint of the three-story building, which was set back .from the street. The setback was filled in about 1915 when the present three-story brick addition was constructed in front of the original brick and frame building. The 1917 Sanborn Map illustrates the addition. Mrs. Lucinda Budd used the building as a boarding house. The building was. called the Berkeley Apartments from 1916-1920,. and then became the Budd apartments. The two ground floor spaces were occupied by C, H. Widdows and H. G Sissel, civil engineers, and W. C. Mann, a plumber, from 1930 through 1950.

PG&E Building - 345 E. Channel PG&E Building - 345 E. Channel PG&E Building - 345 E. Channel 345 E. Channel St - PG & E Building - Constructed in 1921, the building is an excellent example of small-scale Renaissance Revival architecture. Built for Western Gas and Electric Company, the design of the building conveyed the importance of the utility company in Stockton. The building retains a great deal of historic integrity. The building served as a customer service center and offices for the Pacific Gas and Electric Company

Channel and Sutter looking SW Channel and Sutter looking SW

419 E. Channel - Stockton Auto Garage 419 E. Channel - Stockton Auto Garage - 1909

Former Ambassador Hotel - Channel & Sutter Former Ambassador Hotel - Channel & Sutter Ambassador Hotel - Demolished - Channel & Sutter looking NE- Building still stands - Left photo - Ron Chapman

California & Channel - Grand Central Hotel California & Channel - Stockton Business College California & Channel - Stockton Business College California & Channel - Stockton Business College - Courtesy of Floyd Perry Jr. - 1987 California & Channel - Grand Central Hotel California & Channel NE Corner - Grand Central Hotel

ulienne Apartments 517 E. Channel ulienne Apartments 517 E. Channel 517 E. Channel - Julienne Apartments

25 E. Channel - Former Retailer's Credit Association - T.A. Ross - United Merchants 525 E. Channel - Former Retailer's Credit Association - T.A. Ross - United Merchants Association 527 E. Channel - Former Bradbury Real Estate - T.W. Thomas Insurance

535 E. Channel - Former Pacific Telephone & Telegraph Plant 535 E. Channel - Former Pacific Telephone & Telegraph Plant

545 E. Channel - Former Sherwin Williams 545 E. Channel - Former Sherwin William 545 E. Channel - Former Sherwin Williams

701 E. Channel - Channel Medical Center 701 E. Channel - Channel Medical Center / Former  Calvary Tabernacle Assembly of God  (1957)

Ebenezer African American Methodist Church - 702 E. Channel 702 E. Channel - Ebenezer African American Methodist Church - Channel & Stanislaus looking SE

730 E. Channel - Former Stockton City Lines

949 E. Channel - Southern Pacific - Robert J. Cabral Station 949 E. Channel - Southern Pacific - Robert J. Cabral Station at 949 East Channel Street. Rich in railroad history, the City of Stockton is host to three historic train depots, and this iconic former Southern Pacific station is the home to ACE and the San Joaquin Regional Rail Commission. The Robert J. Cabral Station is named after a pioneer who was part of the group who founded the Commission and the ACE service. A tribute to Cabral is placed at the station next to a traditional clock tower – both a beacon and vision for revitalization that is taking place in the downtown neighborhood. Photo by Jackie Rose Madden

Church Street

800-850 W. Church - Fiberboard Corporation

901 W. Church - El Tenampa Cafe 901 W. Church - El Tenampa Cafe 901 W. Church - El Tenampa Cafe

901 W. Church - El Tenampa Cafe

1001 W. Church - Phil's Tavern (1957)

Clay Street

Wong K. Gew Mansion - 345 W. Clay- Designed by architect Peter Sala and constructed in a Classical Neo-Georgian style (1900-24) by Losekann & Clowdsley, the home was one of the most costly in Stockton by the time it was completed in 1921. Gew had arrived in New York in 1900, and moved to Stockton in 1910, operating gambling establishments and acting as a partner in the Lincoln Hotel and owner of the Tong King Company and other Stockton gambling establishments. At the time, city ordinance prohibited Chinese people from establishing homes north of Main Street, so Gew chose a large plot of land on Clay Street for his Southern-style home with twelve rooms (including two sleeping rooms for servants), a marble fireplace, Honduras mahogany, columns, classical windows, and a balcony. Gew is noted for breaking through several cultural and racial barriers, including hiring a Caucasian architect to design his home, as well as the fact that he was a well- respected Chinese businessman who had money, owned a car, and built an extravagant home outside of the area covered by the ordinance. The home is #78000761 on the National Register of Historic Places, and was added on September 20, 1978. It was added to the city register by resolution number 30,834 on November 5, 1973

348 E. Clay Street - Power House Mission Church 348 E. Clay Street - Power House Mission Church / Reorganized Church of Christ of later Day Saints (1957)

Commerce Street

Nippon Hospital - 25 S. Commerce 25 S. Commerce - Steamboat Landing, Former Nippon Hospital / Hotel Bryant - Built in a Classical Revival style with gable crowns, colored brick, and classic Greek architecture, the two-story, 4864 square-foot structure was constructed in 1919 in response to the inadequate care that Japanese people received during an influenza outbreak the previous year. Named for the Japanese word for 'Japan,' the hospital featured 30 hospital rooms, a surgery suite, and an ethnic kitchen. Due to its central location within the Japanese area of Stockton, as well as racial discrimination from Chinese and non-Asians elsewhere, the hospital catered exclusively to Stockton's Japanese population of approximately 4,300 - one of the largest in the United States. The hospital incorporated in 1922, and reorganized in 1925, only to close its doors in 1930 due to financial matters. The building was later used as the Hotel Bryant until 1978, when the Stockton City Council placed it on the historical landmark list by resolution number 35,548 on August 28, 1978. As the building itself is the only remaining structure from the early Japanese community in Stockton, it was also listed on the National Register of Historic Places as #78000762 on September 18, 1978

32 S. Commerce - Del Mar Hotel
35 S. Commerce - Wilson Hotel - Demolished

Wilson Hotel - C. Besinga, Frisbie & Latta, Hotel Wilson 37 S. Commerce - 1928 / Former Stockton Rescue Mission

39 S. Commerce - Commerce Grocery
117 S. Commerce - Hotel L Italia
121 S. Commerce - L Italia Bar

Waterfront Pharmacy - 129 S. Commerce 129 S. Commerce - Waterfront Pharmacy

226 S. Commerce - Westside Garage

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