Fish Out of Water

Musings and observations about life from an East Coast native now living on the Left Coast in the California State Capitol since 2004. This fish has made her home in Madison, WI (7 years); Portland, OR (2 years); Las Vegas, NV (7 months); Middlebury, VT (3 summers); Marne-la-Vallee, a small town east of Paris, France (6 months); Middletown, CT (3 years); and Marshfield, MA, the fish's coastal hometown 40 miles south of Boston (17 years).

Location: Sacramento, California, United States


Day 122: Sterling Hotel

The Sterling Hotel is located on the corner of 13th & H Streets, at the end of the blocks diagonally across from the CPCA office building.  The hotel is a beautiful Victorian mansion with a lovely front porch:

The hotel has typically housed a restaurant on the ground floor on the side along 13th Street:

Originally, the restaurant was called Chanterelle, and one of our neighbors was on the staff there during its heyday.  Most recently, the restaurant was Thir13een, and it was a very popular spot for CPCA after-work staff gatherings or off-site meetings during the work day.  Unfortunately, the venue closed at the end of January, and so far no replacement eatery has yet taken its place.

I didn't know much about the history of the hotel, and the web site provided some pretty interesting tidbits about the evolution of the building from a private residence to an apartment building to a (now) boutique hotel:

   The original mansion at the 1300 H Street property was built in 1894 and owned by the Hale family. Affluent, successful department store entrepreneurs, the Hales later became a part of the Weinstock-Lubin-Hale partnership. The families of the partnership were well respected in Sacramento, throughout business and social circles. In the 1930s, the Hale mansion was sold and converted into a 16-unit apartment building.

    In 1987, the building was purchased and underwent extensive renovation. It re-opened as The Sterling Hotel Sacramento in early 1988. The exquisite property housed the Chanterelle restaurant and two separate event areas. The Drawing Room accommodated about 100 guests, and the Glass Conservatory, imported from England, accommodated more than 100 for a formal sit-down affair or 200 guests for standing events such as fundraisers and cocktail parties.

    In 1995, the hotel was again refurbished, including a 10,000-square-foot expansion. The Sterling Ballroom, replacing the Glass Conservatory, is now able to accommodate 200 seated guests and 325 for standing events. Five new sleeping rooms were added onto the south end of the building, bringing the total number of guestrooms to 16. Room 202 was formerly the Butler’s room; the area containing the restaurant was where Mrs. Hale, following the Victorian-era trend of owning exotic pets, kept her monkeys!

One of the reasons I'm so enjoying this blog project is that I get to learn these types of details about my adopted home city!


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