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El Cortez Hotel

Identification

El Cortez Hotel
Apartments at El Cortez
118046

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Structure in General

high-rise building
existing [completed]
steel
spanish colonial revival

Usages

residential condominium

Facts

  • Built on site of the home of Ulysses S. Grant, Jr.
  • Empty for 22 years (closed 1978) the El Cortez transformed from hotel to residential and re-opened fully renovated in 2000.
  • Famous for the 'ahead-of-its-time' outdoor elevator with sparkling stars that took guests up to the Sky Room.
  • San Diego's tallest skyscraper until the 1963-67 building boom.
  • The outdoor elevator, called the "Starlight Express" because it went to the Starlight Room, cost $400,000 to build.
  • Originally owned by Haroun al Handlery, who also developed the Town & Country and Handlery Hotels in Mission Valley.
  • Opened with 117 rooms including 32 hotel rooms.
  • See: http://sandiegohistory.org/journal/00winter/elcortez.htm for anything and everything you ever wanted to know about the El Cortez Hotel. A complete and thorough accounting.
  • Added to the National Register of Historic Places (#01001458) January 17, 2002.
  • Opened on Thanksgiving Day, 1927.
  • $23 million to convert abandoned hotel into 85 apartments.
  • Architectural style: Spanish Colonial Revival.
  • Situated on Cortez Hill, 175 feet above sea level.

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Location

702 Ash Street at Seventh
92101
Cortez
Central
San Diego
California
U.S.A.

Technical Data

310.00 ft
16
1926
1927
2000
104
$2,000,000

Involved Companies

construction company, developer

2000

Sundt Construction

Features & Amenities

  • One of the city's famous buildings
  • City landmark
  • National landmark
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