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Hotel Rafael, San Rafael, California, circa 1900 [postcard]
Pacific Novelty Company
Date Created and/or Issued
circa 1900
Publication Information
Marin County Free Library. Anne T. Kent California Room
Contributing Institution
Marin County Free Library
General Collection
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The Hotel Rafael opened in 1888 and was the first luxury hotel in Marin County. It cost approximately $200,000 to build and occupied 21 acres in San Rafael, California. The hotel had 100 rooms, multiple dining rooms, an observation tower, plus gardens, tennis courts and stables. The warm climate of San Rafael attracted many San Francisco vacationers across the foggy San Francisco Bay. A fire started on the top floor and burned the hotel to the ground on July 29, 1928, despite the local fire department's best efforts. In 1939, the land was sold at auction and subdivided into smaller lots on which private homes were built. Part of the original gates are still visible at Belle Avenue and Rafael Drive in San Rafael, California.
1 postcard, b&w ; 9 x 14 cm.
Hotel Rafael (San Rafael, Calif.)
San Rafael (Calif.)
Marin County (Calif.)

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