During my recent tour of the building, my eye was caught by vintage photos taped to the mirror behind the bar. (The blue at the corners is tape.)
One, reproduced above, was a fuller version of an exterior photo that appeared cropped and with less detail on my blog. I love the St. Charles sign. The smaller window sign at the right reads “Chicken Dinners” and I believe the one at the left says “Steak Dinners.”
Below that is a fresh photo. Although the signs are gone, naturally, the exterior looks swankier today than it did whenever the photo was shot, perhaps after a remodeling somewhere along the line obscured some of the details.
The other piece on the mirror was a postcard, dated 1938, of the “annex,” as the bar was apparently known. It would be the area under the “Cocktails” sign in the top photo. Both sides of the postcard are reproduced below. Note how the word “patronage” was mistakenly substituted for “patrons.” But nobody’s perfect.
The bar is largely intact, but there was too much clutter for a decent photo.