Icebergs, Igloos & Caves (page 1)

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Crystal Ice Company Building
Pensacola, FL
The Crystal Ice Company Building was built in 1932 to resemble a giant block of ice. The stucco building was sold ice to passing motorists until the 1950s. There is a sign in relief under the canopy showing hand signals that were used to indicate how much ice you wanted. There is a polar bear on top of the canopy. The building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It has been vacant for years. There were originally four of these buildings but this is the only one left. For more, see this website. [map]

former Polar Bear Ice Cream [gone]
Dallas, TX


The Polar Bear Ice Cream's iceberg-shaped building started out as a hamburger stand in the 1930s. In the 1940s, it was converted into a Polar Bear Ice Cream frozen custard stand with a neon polar bear sign.

By 1990, the building was housing th eCasita Lupe Cafe, a Mexican Food restaurant. Around 2010, the name was changed to the Casita Ludi Cafe. By 2013, the building had been painted and a covered dining area was added to the front. That covered area has since been removed. The building had been vacant since at least 2015. It was demolished in 2020.

former Frosty Custard [gone]
Evansville, IN
Snow House
Santa Barbara, CA
The Frosty Custard stand was last used as a car repair office. The words "Frosty Custard" were still visible under the banner. This building was probably painted white originally. Does anyone know more about this place? The building was still there in 2017 but had been demolished by 2018.

The Snow House was designed by Henry Franco and Dorinda Murry. This display was installed for the Christmas season at the Members Only Barber Shop (MOBS). The design was different each year. In 2017, MOBS moved to a new location where the holiday decorating of the storefront continues. For more, see this website. [map]

Iceberg Ice & Water
Rosenberg, TX
Iceberg Ice & Water
Fredericksburg, TX
These Iceberg Ice & Water vending machines must have been mass-produced but these are the only two that I have seen. It appears that the now-defunct company was established in Dallas in 2008. The machine's ice cubes in Rosenburg were repainted around 2017. [Rosenburg map]; [Fredericksburg map]

The Igloo
Toledo, OH
The Igloo ice cream stand has been here a long time. It was painted blue for awhile and reopened in 2006 after being closed for some time. It closed again around 2017 and remains vacant. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

Brice, OH
This Igloo building was built in 1970 as an ice cream stand. It may have been called The Igloo. There were two others built in Columbus around the same time. All three stands closed in the late 1980s. These photos are from 2009. In 2016, it was being readied for use as a hot dog stand known as Bowzers. One of the three stands is in storage. For more, see this website. [map]

Just Chillin
Sno Shack [gone]
Fort Smith, AR
Arctic Grill
Wilkesboro, NC
The Just Chillin Sno Shack shaved ice stand vaguely suggested an igloo. This stand is gone now but it may have been moved.

The Arctic Grill was originally known as the Igloo. By 2016, the place was known as Mini Moo's and the sign had been changed. [map]

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