AKA: Lafayette Hotel, Los Angeles, CA

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

Designers: Kysor, Ezra F., Architect (firm); Ezra Franklin Kysor (architect)

Dates: constructed 1879

47 Main Street
Los Angeles, CA

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Cosmopolitan Hotel

Building History

Henry Hammel and A.H. Denker were the proprietors of the Cosmopolitan Hotel, located on Main Street in Los Angeles, CA, from at least 1879 until 1883. Like their main competitor, the Pico House, the Cosmopolitan offered its guests free omnibus transport from the railroad depot and access to billiard and reading rooms. (See See Los Angeles, California, City and County Directory, 1881-2, [Los Angeles: Southern California Directory Company, 1881], p. 171 and "The Cosmopolitan Hotel" advertisement, Los Angeles Times, 03/17/1883, p. 0_3.)

In 1879, Hammel and Denker also managed the United States Hotel in Los Angeles, a more modestly priced inn.

Building Notes

Built c. 1879. Rooms for 300 guests; Hammel & Denker, proprietors in September 1882; rates: $2, $2.50, and $3.00 per day.

In 1887, the Lafayette Hotel was listed in the city directory of that year as operating at 91 Ducommun Street. (See Los Angeles, California, City Directory, 1887, p. 253.)


The Cosmopolitan Hotel was razed.

PCAD id: 349