Looking Back: Those Old Buildings with Corner Entrances

We seldom mention them or even really notice them much, but I've always liked those old buildings with angled entrances on the very corner of the building. They're usually corner grocery stores or former corner grocery stores, and I suppose the intention was for ease of access. I didn't realize how many there were around San Jose until I started looking for them to photograph. Maybe you'll recognize some of the examples below:

 

Image:  Here's a beautiful old corner entrance store on Thirteenth and Jackson Streets, and another on Eleventh and Empire Streets. Photos ©Ralph M. Pearce
Image: Here's a beautiful old corner entrance store on Thirteenth and Jackson Streets, and another on Eleventh and Empire Streets. Photos ©Ralph M. Pearce

 

Image:  The photo on the left is The Dancing Cat at 702 E. Julian Street, and at right is Guru's Market at 300 N. Thirteenth Street.  Photos ©Ralph M. Pearce
Image: The photo on the left is The Dancing Cat at 702 E. Julian Street, and at right is Guru's Market at 300 N. Thirteenth Street. Photos ©Ralph M. Pearce

 

Image:  The fine 19th century building on the left was a grocery store located on St. James Street., while the building on the right currently houses the Park and Hester Market at 1451 Park Avenue. Photos ©Ralph M. Pearce 
Image: The fine 19th century building on the left was a grocery store located on St. James Street., while the building on the right currently houses the Park and Hester Market at 1451 Park Avenue. Photos ©Ralph M. Pearce

 

Image: Paul's Market at 412 E. Empire Street features a nice corner entrance with steps, and Cardena's Market (now closed) at 1602 E. San Antonio Street features a corner entrance despite not being located on a corner.  Photos ©Ralph M. Pearce
Image: Paul's Market at 412 E. Empire Street features a nice corner entrance with steps, and Cardena's Market (now closed) at 1602 E. San Antonio Street features a corner entrance despite not being located on a corner. Photos ©Ralph M. Pearce

 

Image:  This home on North Seventh Street was a grocery store with an attached dwelling in the 1930s, and in the 1940s and 1950s it served as a cleaners.  This residence on East Julian once had a beauty parlor on the corner.  Photos ©Ralph M. Pearce
Image: This home on North Seventh Street was a grocery store with an attached dwelling in the 1930s, and in the 1940s and 1950s it served as a cleaners.  This residence on East Julian once had a beauty parlor on the corner. Photos ©Ralph M. Pearce

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I grew up in Queens, NY and most neighborhood bars were on a corner with corner entrances. Often wondered about that but easy access makes sense.

And it seems like it would be a more visible entrance, as well as providing more uninterrupted wall space...

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