The Mojmir Apartments building on South Third Street was built in 1922 and has been lovingly maintained. It is designated by the City of San Jose as a building of historical interest.
The University of California’s website Calisphere describes the building as follows:
The 1922 Mojmir Apartment building “incorporates Renaissance Revival influences into its relatively formal exterior design. The apartment building represents, through its form and detailing, a fairly rare building type; one of a few multifamily apartment buildings constructed in the downtown area during the early part of the twentieth century.”
I always enjoy walking past this building, and I first noticed it many years ago because of a painting by Paul J. Gonzalez of an advertisement for Diving Girl Apples. It is visible from the street and I first took a picture of it in 2010.
Initially, I thought the advertisement was being used as a decoration on a garage door. Recently, though, I ventured down the driveway to get a closer look and it turns out that it is a wall to a gazebo-like structure. Beside it is a very attractive gate and I am curious to know what is behind it. However, I think I have trespassed far enough onto private property. If I ever see someone outside the building, though, I will ask them about it.
Beside the gazebo’s gate is a covered parking area that is big enough for several cars. In the middle of the back wall of the carport is a lovely stained glass window depicting a car. I think it may be an Aston Martin, judging by the logo, but I welcome correction on that if I am wrong.
Once again I have found a hidden treasure just by walking about and by engaging in just a tiny bit of trespass.