1893 Basten 1974

Fred E. Basten Santa Monica Bay: The First 100 Years, A pictorial history of Santa Monica, Venice, Ocean Park, Pacific Palisades, Topanga and Malibu, Douglas-West Publishers: Los Angeles, CA, 1974, 227 pp., 1893, 1888, 1887

     "Opened in late 1887. . . Reported [a tabloid] in 1893: "The Arcadia Hotel is a first-class, high-grade resort, built upon the finest hotel site on the coast. To the many thousands of patrons of the past, {note that the past is five years} this famous resort . . . first floor . . . reception parlor and hotel office . . . dining room . . . seats 200 . . . large hall leads to the sitting room and parlor, also the writing, ladies' billiard and reading rooms. Directly opposite the main entrance is the elevator which runs to the {2} floors above and two below where the ballroom, a conservatory and other places of accommodation are to be found. On the basement floor access to the beach is made, where hot salt water baths may be enjoyed . . . furnished throughout with gas and electric lights, hot and cold water, bath rooms . . ." p.15 {A pier pictured on pages 17 and 21 was constructed.} The Arcadia was forced to close in 1888 for lack of business." p. 24.

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