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We love classic architecture and especially enjoy the thought and detail that goes into preserving history. So it was with great pleasure that we recently took on the refurbishment of the Grande Colonial hotel – La Jolla, California’s oldest original hotel. 

The Grande Colonial, which celebrated its centennial this year, opened in 1913 as the Colonial Apartments and Hotel.

The Grande Colonial, which celebrated its centennial this year, opened in 1913 as the Colonial Apartments and Hotel.

The hotel, which celebrated its centennial this year, was opened in 1913 as the Colonial Apartments and Hotel. Originally a white-frame structure, it was designed by famed San Diego architect Richard Requa in a classic colonial-revival style.   In 1928, a massive remodel was completed and the Requa structure was moved to the rear of the property. A four-story concrete structure added 28 apartments and 25 single hotel rooms, as well as the first sprinkler system west of the Mississippi.

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