This building caught my eye because it is similar in form to the Dairy Freeze in Crystal Springs that was posted about last August; a small roadside building with a stepped facade, forward facing service windows, a curvilinear front fascia, and a flat roof that ever so slightly slopes to the rear of the structure. It is hard to tell from the Google Street View image if the service windows slopes forward or not.
Jackson city directories reveal that the building at 1041 Woodrow Wilson Avenue was built as a Tastee Freeze sometime between late 1949 and late 1953. The initial construction is wood frame. A masonry addition on the west elevation was added before 1960, as it appears in an aerial photograph of the intersection in that year. Long gone is Jackson’s other Tastee Freeze of the same form at 4314 West Capitol Street. The 1962 Sanborn map shows the West Capitol Tastee Freeze as having a similar foot print (sans addition) and describes the structure as a brick clad building with metal sash and glass above a brick knee wall. Sounds pretty similar in form. According to their website, the Tastee Freeze chain was established in 1950. I’m not sure when the building ceased to be a Tastee Freeze. Today the Woodrow Wilson Avenue building serves up some tasty looking fish as The Fish Hut.
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