by Kevin Walsh

As I was aimlessly meandering around Corona, crazed from the 80+ Corona heat, I spotted something interesting on the corner of 104th Street and 39th Avenue: specifically, 38-14 104th Street.

The front entrance seems to be festooned with intricate ironwork that was probably installed by a previous business owner on the ground floor; certainly not the mobile phone store that occupies it now.

The effect is most noticeable at the front entrance on 104th Street, where the lamp sconces have a distinct “Game of Thrones” vibe. The effect is diluted by the presence of one of those “curly” LED lightbulbs. I consulted the Municipal Archives, but its 1940 tax photo of the place offers no hints: the metalwork was installed after that date.

I’m usually the one with the answers, but Corona residents, please post in Comments what this corner ironwork is all about!

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Patrick October 6, 2019 - 12:16 pm

The dragon gargoyle light sconce and the two fixtures on each side appear to be Victorian Gothic. The diamond plate sides is a more modern thing. Not sure what to make of the decorations on top of the diamond plate. The door itself seems to be a typical older style ornamental steel security door except for the unique top. Seems like a mashup but not an expert here.

Jonathan Rickard October 6, 2019 - 5:53 pm

I would guess this was something Tibetan recently. Maybe a restaurant? With the skid plate walls beneath the decorations, I don’t think it could have been there too long.

El Queso October 7, 2019 - 6:05 am

What were they asking for rent?

Patrick October 7, 2019 - 1:10 pm

Just a follow-up. I spoke with an architectural designer who agreed that it seems to be a mashup. He thinks the ornamental decorations over the diamond plate was an afterthought to try to dress it up. The style appears to be southeast Asian like Indian or Thai and incongruous with the Hispanic community. Also, we noticed the cormorants on the door transom. Interesting but again not indicative of any specific style.

Diane Lenihan February 8, 2020 - 10:11 pm

Well, my great great grandparents lived at that address obviously before it became commercial up until my great great grandmother died in 1929. It used to be called sycamore street and my family has a rich history of the street as well as the church of sorrows down the street. Big irish family. Would love to see pics of what it looked like before it changed.


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