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Frey Block, 1911

 
 
Frey Block, 1911 Marker image. Click for full size.
By Maja Tajima, February 16, 2012
1. Frey Block, 1911 Marker
Inscription. The Frey Block Building contains a rich ethnic history. In its first few years, the Frey brothers from France operated a second hand store here. The site later housed several Oriental restaurants. Near one entrance, one can find a tile advertisement for the Kong Nam Cafe. In the 1950s, the corner became Crossroads Jazz Club, one of San Diego's most significant cultural landmarks. A showcase for local African-American talent, it was the birthplace of San Diego's jazz scene.
 
Erected by Gaslamp Quarter. (Marker Number 10.)
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Gaslamp Quarter - San Diego marker series.
 
Location. 32° 42.562′ N, 117° 9.758′ W. Marker is in San Diego, California, in San Diego County. Marker is at the intersection of Market Street and 4th Avenue, on the right when traveling east on Market Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 345 Market Street, San Diego CA 92101, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Cotheret Building, 1903 (here, next to this marker); Chinese Mission Building, 1927 (within shouting distance of this marker); Quong Building, 1913
Frey Block Building and Marker image. Click for full size.
By Dean Whittle, February 16, 2012
2. Frey Block Building and Marker
(within shouting distance of this marker); Horton Grand - Kahle Saddlery – 1886 (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Quin Building, 1930 (about 600 feet away); William Heath Davis House, 1850 (about 700 feet away); Bum - San Diego’s Official Town Dog / Greyfriars Bobby (about 700 feet away); Chinese Laundry, 1923 (about 800 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in San Diego.
 
Categories. EntertainmentIndustry & Commerce
 
Frey Block Building image. Click for full size.
By Dean Whittle, February 16, 2012
3. Frey Block Building
Kong Nam Cafe Tile image. Click for full size.
By Dean Whittle, February 23, 2012
4. Kong Nam Cafe Tile
Frey Block Plaque image. Click for full size.
By Maja Tajima, February 16, 2012
5. Frey Block Plaque
This plaque is located on the northeast corner of the building, facing 4th Avenue.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on February 16, 2012, by Maja Tajima of San Diego, California. This page has been viewed 710 times since then and 40 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on February 16, 2012, by Maja Tajima of San Diego, California.   2, 3. submitted on February 16, 2012, by Dean Whittle of San Diego, California.   4. submitted on February 24, 2012, by Dean Whittle of San Diego, California.   5. submitted on February 16, 2012, by Maja Tajima of San Diego, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
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