Local historian John Jernigan stands in front of a large historic photo he recently installed at Hestia on the 300 block of Broadway in King City. (Courtesy of Karen Jernigan)

KING CITY — Local historian John Jernigan recently installed a large historic photo at Hestia on the 300 block of Broadway in King City.

The 1918 scene features the building where the current coffee house is located, formerly known as the Vendome Hotel. In the scene, old cars are parked in front of the building.

The photo is credited to early photographer E. E. Mansfield.

The Vendome building was one of the first hotels in town. The original hotel was built of wood in 1888, but burned down in a devastating fire in 1914. Four years later, it was reconstructed in concrete.

Recently, the building was refurbished as part of efforts to revitalize the downtown area. Apartments occupy the upstairs and retail stores are below, as in the old days.

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