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CommissionThe Sandford Hotel was designed by architect Henry Lord Gay and constructed in 1914 in anticipation of tourists coming to San Diego for the 1915 Panama-California Exposition. In addition to seismic, ADA, and energy efficient upgrades, rehabilitation included restoring the original exterior color scheme, historic arched wood windows, festoon lighting, and the wood storefront. Interior work included the replication of missing decorative paint and stencils in the main lobby. Period-style light fixtures light the public areas and refurbished historic furniture is back in use.

Very few hotels from 1914 and before have survived in San Diego due to redevelopment, neglect and fires. This project is important not only for preserving or replicating the Sandford Hotel's original architectural beauty and elegance, but also for major socioeconomic reasons. By continuing to dedicate the hotel to low-income residents, the social makeup of downtown today is interwoven with its historic fabric.

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2476 San Diego Avenue · San Diego CA 92110 · Phone (619) 297-9327
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