Saturday, July 16, 2016
Here are a few more vintage photos from beautiful San Diego, California. Did you know that it's official nickname is "America's Finest City"? Sorry, lesser cities.
This first image is a nice slice of Americana, showing a group of women waiting in front of the Hotel del Coronado, a grand old Victorian hotel dating back to 1888. Luggage is organized into neat little groups - I think my grandparents had a set of Scotch plaid luggage!
Zooming in a little, it's fun to see the ladies in their poofy dresses. Presumably that man is a porter, but he looks like an airline pilot. I would feel the need to salute him (before tipping him of course).
Nearby is the Coronado Boathouse, circa 1887 (so it actually predates the Hotel del Coronado by one year). It is a pretty little structure, built in the Queen Anne Revival style of architecture; one article describes the "bellcast-hipped roof with a widow's walk supported by brackets; a variety of dormers graces all four sides of the roof. Approximately 40 feet square, the Boathouse has three stories, and includes an exterior observatory area at its peak".
Both the hotel and the boathouse still stand today, happily! The boathouse is now a restaurant.