One of the things we find fascinating are how places and/or buildings change — or don’t change — over time. Sometimes it’s a simple paint job on an old house or building while at other times an entire building — or entire block — is completely redeveloped. Sometimes the transformation takes several years, while in other cases the landscape changes rather quickly.
Click the image below for two views of “E” Street in downtown San Bernardino, first from the 1940s and next from 2007.
Both views are looking north toward the intersection with 3rd Street (note: the 1940s postcard incorrectly states the view as being from 3rd Street as opposed to being toward 3rd Street).
On the immediate left is the Harris Co. department store, with its decorative elements, while just beyond it is the Andresen Building, which was the former home to Bank of America. As seen in the 2007 view, both structures remain standing today, though the Harris Co. building is currently closed.
On the right, the scene has changed dramatically. Civic Plaza — which encompasses City Hall, Exhibit Hall and the Clarion Hotel — has replaced the buildings on the immediate right, including the one-time branch of Citizens’ National Bank (foreground) and the four-story, 1890 Katz Building (background).
Flash: ‘E’ at Third: 1940s – 2007
Sources: City of San Bernardino, San Bernardino Sun