More Unidentified Commercial Buildings

Submitted by gskinner on August 7, 2014 - 12:52pm
  • Unidentified Sonoma County commercial building, circa 1940s

    Unidentified Sonoma County commercial building, circa 1940s

This week's set comes from a large group of unidentified Sonoma County commercial/industrial buildings -- I don't have information about where they might be located, but I'm fairly confident they are (or were) in Sonoma County, and most likely in Santa Rosa or Petaluma.


1. Apartment or commercial building, circa 1940s. Note early 1940s-vintage International Harvester truck visible in lower left. (SCL Photo 6825)

 Unidentified SoCo commericial or medical building

2. Unidentified building in disrepair, Petaluma, California, July 1991 (SCL Photo 5370). Note on photo indicates it was(?) located east of Don's Restaurant, but i could find no trace of a Don's Restaurant in Petaluma between 1980 and 1995, nor does one exist today. The only Don's Restaurant in Sonoma County during this period was located in Sebastopol.

3. Warehouse under construction or being maintained (SCL Photo 790)

4. Unidentified commercial building, circa 1940s (SCL Photo 1572). Note roller conveyor line visible through the windows.



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Bottom photo:Corner of College and Cleveland...old RC Cola bottling plant

This building is on the north west corner of College & Cleveland Avenues in Santa Rosa. It was the Nehi Bottling Plant owned by Jess Gant. Nehi Orange Crush was it's biggest seller.

Excellent ID! Lovely to have at least one more mystery solved. A bit more about Nehi, found on Wikipedia:

Nehi /ˈnh/ (pronounced "knee high") is a flavored soft drink that originated in America. It was introduced in 1924 by Chero-Cola/Union Bottle Works. The "Nehi Corporation" name was adopted in 1928 after the Nehi fruit-flavored sodas became popular. In 1955, the company changed its name to Royal Crown Company, after its RC Cola brand. It was founded by Claude Hatcher, a Georgia grocer, who began bottling ginger ale and root beer in 1905. As of the middle of April 2008, Nehi had become a brand of Dr Pepper Snapple Group.

Photo that the lumber bldg. that was by what is now Blvd. Cafe, on the street north of Lucky Grocery at Payran & Petaluma Blvd. think it was the Stonitch family property.

I know where this building is located. (4. Unidentified commercial building, circa 1940s (SCL Photo 1572). Note roller conveyor line visible through the windows.)This was the bottling plant on the corner of College and Cleveland. While the inverted windows have been removed you can still see the rounded corners at the building entry.

Info on Nehi plant College & Cleveland, Santa Rosa. Looks like building is being demolished and/or renovated.

could #3 be Stonistch & Arvold Lumber Co. on Pet. Blvd N? They had some older shed types of bldgs behind the office on Shasta Ln.

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