2016-257 – Orange Hut Mandala

Mark's Hot Dogs - photo by Debra Jane Seltzer
Mark’s Hot Dogs – 2014 photo by Debra Jane Seltzer

This week’s MotD theme: Orange You Glad

Roadside architecture aficionado, Debra Jane Seltzer, of the Roadside Architecture blog, captured this up-close-and-personal photo of one of the last two remaining orange huts from Frank E. Pohl chain of “Giant Orange” stands. What a cool building! And so orange!

From Weird California regarding this particular stand, located in San Jose:

After being declared a historical city landmark the historic building was moved to 48 South Capitol Avenue. Today and since 1947, the orange has been utilized by Mark’s Hot Dogs. Mark’s Hot Dogs originally opened in 1936 and relocated to the orange in 1947. The business was started by Mark Yuram. As far as I can tell the orange was also constructed in 1936, and was placed on the original Alum Rock Avenue site in 1947 when Mark’s Hot Dogs moved into it. It became a city landmark in 1992.

Marks Hot Dogs - Full view
Marks Hot Dogs – Full view

View more of Debra’s over 60,000 roadside architecture photos via her photo gallery site.

Inspiration for Today

Usually the MotD image itself is the inspiration for the day however today, Debra Jane Seltzer, becomes our inspiration. She’s taken her passion for 1920s-1970s U.S. roadside architecture and turned it into an architectural reference guide and service to humanity.

I have been crazy about commercial buildings and roadside-related things all my life. I grew up in California but moved to New York City in my early twenties. I lived there for 32 years and then moved back to California in 2012. I started this website in 2000 simply as a way to organize my photos for myself. Since then, it has grown into an obsession. I have traveled all over the country documenting buildings, signs, and statues. I also spend a tremendous amount of time researching, writing, and updating the descriptions at my site which accompany these photos.

How can we use something we are passionate about and have it be of service to humanity?

Happy Coloring!

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