Architecture/Buildings (32)

Tuesday, 01 May 2012 23:58

Exchange Hotel Demolition, 1919

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In 1919, the demolition of the Exchange Hotel became part of a World War I war bond drive.  A tank was brought in and, if you donated enough, you could drive the tank into the hotel.  According to eyewitnesses, many of the observers left soon after the event began, due to the noise and the dust.

Photo from the Adella Collier collection

Photographer and date unknown

Thursday, 26 April 2012 15:47

Mi Casa

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Mi Casa


   This was the house I grew up in from birth to about ten or eleven year old. It is located at 610 East Palace Avenue. The picture above was taken in May 1936 by an unknown tourist passing through on a trip from New York to California. My father had the house built in the twenties. Part was adobe and part was hollow clay tile. The lot extended from East Palace to Alemeda. The house was built into a hill so that the front is one story and the back two stories. I well remember the huge steam boiler in the basement that provided heat to each room through three-foot high cast-iron radiators. There was a separate garage in the back facing Alemeda..

   Iron bars are evident on the last window on the left. The bars were installed in August 1933 as a result of a kidnapping scare involving my sister who was five years old at the time. Our grandfather, Governor Seligman, received a letter demanding a ransom or his grand daughter would be taken. The threat was taken seriously and twenty four hour guards of State policemen were stationed at the house for several days. Nothing actually happened.

Tuesday, 24 April 2012 13:53

Exchange hotel ca 1886

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Exchange hotel on left. Seligman brothers on right. Woodblock (?) print ca 1886. Personal collection.

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