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Eggleston Block

Address: 701–711 NE Third Street
Construction Date: 1928
Current Business: Thai Country/The Deluxe Billiards/second story houses low-income apartments
Historic Name/Use: Eggleston Block
Significance: Secondary Significant
Style of Architecture: California Mission

1928: Constructed

1928: Hotel Bays- As you Like it Café, The Ora Allen Hudson-Essex Agency, The First Motor Company, The Oakland-Pontiac agency, The Terminal Confectionery.

1945: Hollywood Cleaners

1949–1962: Maloney's Barber Shop

1976: Douglas Hotel

2011–Present: Thai Country, The Deluxe Billiards; the second story houses low-income apartments     

The Eggleston Block was designed by architect O. S. Combs; A. F. Arthur was the general contractor. This building replaced a wooden structure, the Commercial Hotel, which was destroyed by a fire. The building was originally constructed in 1928 to house Hotel Bays. It is a rectangular two-story stuccoed concrete building with a low pediment in the middle and at the corner of the parapet on both facades. The storefront at the westernmost end has been cut away so the door is on the corner with a newer metal post support.

This building was originally known as the Eggleston Block. The cost of the building and the property on which it is located is placed at $50,000. Hotel Bays occupied the entire second floor and had lobby space downstairs.

"We do now and have always seen great potential in this building. We are currently looking at bringing it back to its full potential as a hotel. We envision a new, modern Douglas Hotel, while keeping the historical charm of the building." —Lucetta Elmer, building owner

Secondary Significant:  Structures are classified as Primary Significant if they were built in or between 1913 and 1937. These buildings represent the secondary period of construction and development from the increase of city improvements and auto traffic.

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