Resource Number: 69Historic Building Name: Dern Tea and Coffee/Peyser Jewelry/Kaufman'sCurrent Building Name: Dern Building/Sonterra Grill/FujiyamaAddress: 26-28 S. Tejon St.Architectural Style: Late 19th and 20th Century Revivals/Italian RenaissanceYear Built: 1911
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Extensive application of cream-white decorative terra cotta ornamentation against a stippled buff brick characterizes this two- and three-story commercial building. Used for a variety of businesses since its construction in 1911, it initially housed the Dern Food Company, which imported tea, roasted coffee and made candy on-site.
In 1938, Kaufman's Department Store renovated the store inside and out. The architect was Harold C. Ferree, a store architect of California, and contractor George O. Teats worked on the remodeling. Founded in 1896, Kaufman's operated in this building until 1948, when it moved across the street to 27 South Tejon Street.
The building is an example of an Italian Renaissance style. Locally significant.