When I am out and about around town and I see some of the older buildings, I often wonder what they looked like brand new. I found some post cards online from Alamedainfo.com. I picked a few of the post cards and I matched them up with google maps street view. Here are the before and after shots that I found. Some of the post cards that are on the alamedainfo.com website I couldn’t find the location of the pictured buildings due to the result that they were demolished for a newer building. Here are the ones I was able to find and match up.
Hayward Travel Lodge Foot hill Blvd
Hayward City Hall Mission Blvd
All Saints Catholic Church 2nd St
Casa Blanca Motel D street Hayward
San Lorenzo CA:
San Lorenzo Community Church Paseo Grande
San Leandro CA:
Jerry’s Pancake Parade
Former General Mills building. Now it is owned by Kraft
San Leandro City Hall
You can view more post cards from the bay area via www.alamedainfo.com The San Francisco bay area has some really beautiful architecture and building designs. Most of the original building have been long since torn down. For the few that are still standing we need to take a second look at them and appreciate the style and design. Some of these buildings are on the Local Historical Land Mark list. City hall in Hayward is unfortunately in a bad spot. It is literally being ripped in half as it is located on a fault line. I hope they move it to safer ground. It is such a beautiful art deco styled building and it should be preserved for generations to come. Next time you are cruising though your town/city look at the older buildings and try to envision what the building looked like when it was brand new. It always makes my imagination run wild.
Thanks for reading,