Buildings along Lansing Street between Albion and Ukiah Streets, Mendocino, looking northeast, c. 1912-1923. This photo was likely taken from the water tower at the Kelley House.
The barn-like building on the left, on the northwest corner of Lansing and Albion Streets, is the livery stable first built by William H. Kelley, later owned by Switzer & Boyd, and then by Boyd & Daniels until it was demolished in 1923.
To the right, the building across Lansing Street with a large front opening is a blacksmith shop owned by a series of men, which later became the home of the Mendocino Volunteer Fire Department.
The building to its right with the false front belonged to William H. Kelley and once housed a bakery, then barber shops owned by Samuel Jeans and later Antone B. Lemos, with his family occupying the rear. In the last part of the 20th century it was a real estate office and later opened as the Mendocino Cafe.
The small one-story structure on the corner of Albion Street with the flat roof was a store with a dwelling in the rear, was also owned by Kelley, and was demolished in 1924.
The two-story Switzer House, with a continuous front porch, is directly behind the barber shop. In the late 20th century it became the Seagull Inn.
Other buildings identified in this image include the white two-story Johnson Building on the far left, located on the northeast corner of Ukiah and Lansing and built in 1902. Eastward on Ukiah is the George Bowman House (built 1879) before its porches were added.
The two water towers near the center of the image are the sturdily built Stauer water tower (c. 1898) and the enclosed Packard-Johnson water tower seen beyond and to the right. The tower in the distance to the left probably belongs to the Joshua Grindle House. Built by Perley Maxwell in 1912, it had three tanks and enough water to supply several buildings, as well as assist in fire suppression in that part of town. (Kelley House Collection, Kelley House Photographs)
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