Jastro Building

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Jastro Building
2009-0726-CA-Bakersfield-JastroBuilding.jpg
Jastro Building is located in California
Jastro Building
Location 1800 19th St., Bakersfield, California
Coordinates 35°22′35″N 119°1′18″W / 35.37639°N 119.02167°W / 35.37639; -119.02167Coordinates: 35°22′35″N 119°1′18″W / 35.37639°N 119.02167°W / 35.37639; -119.02167
Area 0.3 acres (0.12 ha)
Built 1917
Architect Hinshaw, Everett; Currie & Dugler
Architectural style Late 19th And 20th Century Revivals, Second Renaissance Revival
Governing body Private
NRHP Reference #

83001182

[1]
Added to NRHP September 22, 1983

The Jastro Building, also known as the Standard Oil Building, is a historic office building in Bakersfield, California. The structure was placed on the National Register of Historic Places (NRHP) on September 22, 1983.

Structure[edit]

The Jastro Building a two-story structure in downtown Bakersfield, California. Built in the late-Second Renaissance Revival architecture style, it was constructed in two sections in 1917 and 1921, the latter added a 10,000 square feet (930 m2) wing. The first floor is designed in a "C" shape, with an indentation at the rear of the building. The second floor has an "H" shape design with an indented porch over the front, south-facing facade of the building; the main entrance is located on the first floor below the porch. The structure has a flat roof with boxed cornice bracketed parapet. The windows are vertical, 2-sash casement windows with transom. The second story center porch windows have molded arches with frieze.[2]

Significance[edit]

The Standard Oil Company entered the substantial oil industry in Kern County in 1902 to develop its holdings in the Kern River Oil Field. With the construction of the Jastro Building, the company moved its Central California operations to Bakersfield. At the time it was built, the building was the first commercial building in the downtown commercial district built across the city's G Street. It is one of the finest examples of its type of architecture to survive the devastating 1952 Kern County earthquake relatively unscathed.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2009-03-13. 
  2. ^ a b Christopher D. Brewer, Historic Resources Inventory, State of California -- The Resources Agency, Department of Parks and Recreation, April 3, 1984; copy accessed from City of Bakersfield Cultural Resources Survey Downtown Area, located in the Local History room of the Beale Memorial Library, Bakersfield, California.