Aug. 23, 2020: Nicknamed "The Why" building, the former Lompoc Land Office structure, sits behind the Lompoc Theatre in downtown Lompoc. Built-in 1875, the sales office helped fuel the rapid growth of Lompoc. When the Lompoc Theatre opened in 1927, the Land Office building was relocated and attached to the theater. It became an additional backstage space for live performances. The MJB Coffee Company advertisement dates from 1910. I could not find any information on the "Why?" lettering, but it does provide the building's nickname.
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