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Old Posted May 5, 2013, 5:00 AM
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One Last Look at What's Left of the Sunset Hotel

bighen posted an old photo of some construction men at work on Ord, and in the background was the Sunset Hotel. Photo comparison of the position of the visible windows and doorway on the south side of the building strongly suggest that at least the ground floor survives today, its brick facade covered with stucco and plaster, as MichaelReyerson surmised.


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Here's a closer look at those very windows and doorway...not much to see, because the windows have those 1950's-early 60's glass louvers on them (and they were dirty, too), and the doorway was secured with rusty wrought iron. The door itself was wood, old and in bad shape, but not obviously vintage.


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A close look at the 100+ year old exposed brickwork (and fairly recent cigarette butts):


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A view of the front face of the building, standing on Spring facing SW. Notice that the building has been divided lengthwise, with two distinct facades utilizing different materials. The herbal shop on the Ord St. side recently closed; the store empty. I could not get my camera close enough to take a few pics of what was inside, but I could see some fairly thick weight bearing square columns inside, and what appeared to be an original interior wall that had an opening cut into it to create more floor space (in the front view, the wall ran between the second and third sections of the left half of the building, and the opening in the wall created open space (the "third" section seen from the front)). Also, notice the gate visible on the extreme right....


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Here is a view from the north side of the building. The building is separated from its neighbor by the fence. What is interesting here is the phantom window located higher up on the wall, indicated by the arrow.


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Now this was the most intriguing detail: in the space between the north side of the building and the surrounding fence, there was a gate to some stairs leading down to the basement. The best I could do was to stick my camera thru the gate and here's what that looked like:


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Who knows what goodies from the Sunset might still be surviving down there? One can only wonder...!
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