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Historic Hotels Northern California

 

Hotel Oliver
Santa Rosa, CA
Photo courtesy Dave & Debra van Hulsteyn

This old faded marquee for the Hotel Oliver in Santa Rosa still sits outside the building. This former hotel was built in 1910 in a Mission Revival theme. The Hotel Oliver is now known as the Jacobs building and still stands in downtown Santa Rosa. The building is now home to retail and long term apartments. The hotel is listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

 

 

Van Hotel
Willits, CA
Photo courtesy Dave & Debra van Hulsteyn

Check out the old Van Hotel in Willits, still with its old marquee in good shape. The hotel dates back to 1924 when it was built by G. Van Cleemput as a potential addition to the nearby Hotel Willits. The sign appears to date back to the mid-1900's.

 

 

Hotel Rio Vista
Rio Vista, CA
Photo courtesy Dave & Debra van Hulsteyn

Here's another old hotel... the Rio Vista in the city by the same name. It's sign still proudly stand out along the streetside. This hotel that dates back to 1914 held a grand opening on September 26. Back in the day, the hotel featured both a clothing store and a restaurant within the building's confines. The exterior of the hotel survived a fire in downtown in 1917. The Hotel Rio Vista's last years as an actual hotel was in the late 1990'sbefore it became more of a cheap short term lodging option.

 

 

Hill Castle Apartment Hotel
Oakland, CA
Photo courtesy Devil Doll

This eye-catching rooftop sign is found at the Hill Castle Apartment Hotel in Oakland. These rooftop signs on deco buildings were all the rage in the pre-war years.

 

Hill Castle Hotel
Oakland, CA
Photo and info courtesy Scott Broadhurst

 

UPDATE 11/10 : The Hill Castle apartments is located in a historic area of Oakland called The Gold Coast. Word is this place was a fancy hotel back in the day. See this blog for more info. Many thanks to Scott Broadhurst for photo and update. 11-10

 

 

Harrison Hotel
Oakland, CA
Photo courtesy Dave & Debra van Hulsteyn

The Harrison Hotel in Oakland and its sign looks a bit weatherbeaten these days. Imagine what this blade neon sign looked like back in its heyday. The hotel was built in 1914 in downtown Oakland. In the mid-1900's, the hotel was redeveloped into low income apartments which it remains to this day.

 

 

Menlo Hotel
Oakland, CA
Photo courtesy Devil Doll

The Menlo Hotel still stands with its cursive script advertising the hotel. These letters adorning the side of this hotel look like they were once neon.

 

 

 

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