AKA: U.S. Hotel, Downtown, Los Angeles, CA

Structure Type: built works - dwellings -public accommodations - hotels

Designers: [unspecified]

Dates: constructed 1861-1862, demolished 1939

3 stories

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170 North Main Street
Downtown, Los Angeles, CA 90012

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U.S. Hotel stood opposite the Temple Block in 09/1882 on the southeast corner of Main and Market Streets.


In 1878, the United States Hotel catered to a workingclass clientele. In that year, many men in the building trades lodged here. (See, for example, (See Los Angeles, California, City Directory, 1878, [Los Angeles: Mirror Printing, Ruling and Binding House], pp. 26-27.)

Building Notes

The extremely ornate, Italianate United States Hotel dated c. 1880. The three-story hotel was notable for its profusion of brackets, corbel tables and oriel windows. On one end, a tower with a mansard roof lit by l'oeil de boeuf windows, poked up another story to signal the hotel's location to travelers.

PCAD id: 353