Jastro Building, Bakersfield

Jastro Building, Bakersfield

The Jastro Building, also referred to as the Standard Oil Building, stands as a prominent landmark in downtown Bakersfield, California, boasting a rich history and architectural significance. Recognized for its historical and architectural value, the structure was listed on the National Register of Historic Places on September 22, 1983, cementing its status as an integral part of Bakersfield's heritage.

Constructed in the late-Second Renaissance Revival style, the Jastro Building is a two-story edifice that exudes timeless elegance and charm. Its construction occurred in two phases, with the initial section completed in 1917 and a subsequent addition in 1921, which expanded the building with a 10,000 square feet wing. The architectural design showcases meticulous attention to detail, with a "C" shape layout for the first floor and an "H" shape configuration for the second floor, lending a sense of grandeur to the structure.

One of the defining features of the Jastro Building is its thoughtfully designed facade, characterized by vertical, 2-sash casement windows with transom, and a distinctive indented porch over the front facade. The main entrance, located on the first floor beneath the porch, serves as a focal point, welcoming visitors with its timeless appeal. Additionally, the building's flat roof with boxed cornice bracketed parapet adds to its architectural allure, while the molded arches with frieze on the second-story center porch windows contribute to its visual interest.

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Sight Name: Jastro Building
Sight Location: Bakersfield, USA (See walking tours in Bakersfield)
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
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