[We Have a Winner] Mystery Photo: These Artful Eaves Are Where?

Here's one place in El Cerrito or Kensington where literal eavesdropping could be dangerous. If you know where it is, be first to put the answer in the comments section below the article to win a prize.

Update: May 9, 6 p.m. Congratulations to reader David Block, first to identify the eaves as belonging to the Vital Building, which used to house El Cerrito Mill & Lumber and was moved across the street. We haven't tracked this, but he may have set a record for the fastest answer, coming at 4 a.m., an hour and four minutes after the story was published.

Welcome to the latest installment of El Cerrito Patch's irregularly published Mystery Photo contest. We will give a prize to the first reader to identify the whereabouts of these distinguished eaves in El Cerrito or Kensington by putting the answer in the comments section below this article.  

Click  to see earlier Mystery Photo contests. To receive alerts when we publish the next Mystery Photo contest, click the Keep me posted button below. So far, we haven't been able to stump our observant readers (though we almost did with one that took 16 weeks to solve).


The legal fine print: There is a limit of two prizes per person for the Mystery Photo contest. Open to legal residents of the 50 United States and the District of Columbia who are 18 and older. The applicable parts of the Official Rules for Patch giveaway contests govern this contest.


David Block May 09, 2012 at 11:00 AM
Waking up on the east coast makes me an extra early bird entrant... The eaves are on The Vital Building at the corner of San Pablo and Orchard.
Alia John May 09, 2012 at 01:48 PM
Is it the El Cerrito Mill and Lumber Company building on San Pablo Avenue? The building that moved across the street?
Steve May 09, 2012 at 01:57 PM
Both of the above are correct - you beat me to it. I was wondering who would remember that it was the upgraded El Cerrito Mill building. I miss El Cerrito Mill - the shop area alone was a museum for woodworkers. Huge machines and they could whip out any custom moulding you wanted even if it required a custom-made cutter.
Toni Mayer May 10, 2012 at 12:07 AM
I love that building. I miss the mill too, even though I'm not a woodworker.
Charles Burress (Editor) May 10, 2012 at 01:16 AM
Congratulations to David! (now a two-time winner of our Mystery Photo contest, and a multiple winner of our Where Can You Get This? contest). The later answers from Alia and Steve also are correct. It's the well-preserved Vital Building at the corner of Orchard and San Pablo.
Lori May 10, 2012 at 03:49 PM
Not to be contrarian, but the Vitale building is actually in Richmond! With that crazy city boundary along San Pablo Avenue, you never know.
Charles Burress (Editor) May 13, 2012 at 06:32 AM
Ah, good point, even though its mailing address is El Cerrito, it is in Richmond. However, I think the city border runs west of the sidewalk and perhaps includes a smidgen of the property, which raises the question of whether any part of the overhanging eaves could be in El Cerrito...


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