Saturday, April 23, 2011

Mount Washington Hotel

Franny and I recently ventured up to the top San Rafael St. to view the old Mount Washington Hotel. Built in 1910 by the same folks who constructed the Chinese theater, the luxury hotel cost $40k to build. Since 1925, it's been the world headquarters of the Self-Realization Fellowship. They have kept the original building and tennis court while adding many peaceful gardens. And while the days of ladies paying 10 cents to take the funicular up the mount for afternoon tea atop the world are over, there is a sense of history that permeates the grounds. And a killer view of downtown.
More history here

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