Finishing up the program for tomorrow night, I began studying the detail in this photo from Ed Roseberry taken on June 25, 1953. In this photo, the Charlottesville Fire Department is tending to the aftermath of a fire that destroyed the Hoff Motor Company on East Main Street. A Richmond newspaper reported flames leaping 200 feet in the air and citizens watching the blaze from the Belmont Bridge had to move because of the intense heat.
One thing that caught my eye was the small sign on the right that reads The Nook. It is in the location of current day Java-Java, a block away from where The Nook is today. A city directory confirms that the Nook location was the Club Cafe as late as 1955 but by the end of the decade The Nook would replace it and still holds the same spot today.
A couple of doors down from The Nook is a night club by the name of Tin Rin. The building across Main Street (seen in the top photo) was saved from the massive blaze next door and looks pretty much the same today. It is the current location of the Discovery Museum. Also note in the photo that the firetruck door bears an image of Monticello.