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 working-class clientele. In that year, many men in the building trades lodged here. (See Los Angeles, California, City Directory, 1878, [Los Angeles: Mirror Printing, Ruling and Binding House], pp. 26-27.) It stood across the North Main Street from the Temple Block #2, a leading commercial building of its day.

Building History

The United States Hotel was one of three operating in Los Angeles, c. 1860. All located on Main Street, they included the Bella Union and the Lafayette Hotel. (See John W. Robinson, Los Angeles in Civil War Days, 1860-1865, [Norman, OK: University of Oklahoma Press, 2013], p. 18.)

In 1881, Hammel and Denker operated the United States Hotel, located on the southeast corner of Main and Requena Streets in Los Angeles, CA. (See Los Angeles, California, City and County Directory, 1881-1882, [Los Angeles: Southern California Directory Company, 1881], p. 172.)

The United States Hotel was still operating in 1911, with John G. Althouse as its manager. In 1911, the street address was 168-170 North Main Street in Los Angeles.

Building Notes

The extremely ornate, Italianate United States Hotel dated c. 1878. 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.


The hotel advertised itself as the "New United States Hotel" in 1893, suggesting that it may have had a recent renovation at that time.


The hotel was demolished.

PCAD id: 353