Structure Type: built works - commercial buildings - stores; built works - dwellings -public accommodations - hotels

Designers: [unspecified]

Dates: constructed 1884, demolished 1932

4 stories

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207 South Spring Street
Downtown, Los Angeles, CA 90012

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The Hollenbeck Hotel was located at South Spring Street and West 2nd Street.

Building History

Of Dutch ancestry but born in rural Summit County, OH, John Edward Hollenbeck (1829-1885), left his homestate first to move with his family deeper into the country's Old Northwest, to IL in 1845, returned to Tallmadge, OH, by 1850, where he began work as a machinist. At this time, news of the Gold Rush in CA had swept the US, and Hollenbeck, known as "Ed," came under its spell. He traveled down the Mississippi to New Orleans, where he boarded a ship bound for Panama. He fell ill either en route or in the country, and his connecting voyage from Panama to San Francisco was cancelled, stranding him in Central America. He persevered and migrated to Greytown, Nicaragua, where he eventually operated a mercantile store. He prospered in Nicaragua, becoming the owner of a steamship fleet. and he married a woman, Elizabeth Hollenbeck, who became his business partner, running a Nicaraguan hotel by 1853. Political turmoil in the country led him to migrate back to the US in 1860, but the Civil War's onset forced his wife and him to return to Nicaragua


When first constructed in 1884, the Hollenbeck Building first contained only two stories, the first used for shops, the upper for office space.


The Trustees of the Elizabeth Hollenbeck Estate proceeded with the demolition of the Hollenbeck Hotel during 02/1932.

PCAD id: 15311