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Hotel del Coronado

Posted by
Steven (Chicagoland, United States) on 5 September 2012 in Architecture and Portfolio.

San Diego marked the starting point for our drive along the Pacific Coast Highway heading north to San Francisco. Little did I know how many pictures I would take along this journey over the course of eight days. We drove to Coronado Island and visited the Hotel del Coronado.

Hotel del Coronado (also known as The Del and Hotel Del to the locals) is a beachfront luxury hotel in the city of Coronado, just across the San Diego Bay from San Diego, California. It is one of the last remaining examples from the Queen Anne Revival period, and certainly the finest. It is one of the oldest and largest all-wooden buildings in California, built entirely from lumber shipped in from the Pacific Northwest. And it was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1977, and is a designated California Historical Landmark.

When it opened in 1888, it was the largest resort hotel in the world. It has hosted presidents, royalty, and celebrities through the years. The hotel has been featured in numerous movies and books.

I could not believe how many shingles actually cover the entire development. And I can't imagine what would be required of them given that the resort is a historic landmark should the resort ever need to be "re-roofed." Would they need to re-roof with the old style of shingles or would an exception be made to utilize the architectural style shingles that are in wide use today?

Photo captured August 15, 2012.

NIKON D7000 1/321 second F/9.0 ISO 100 70 mm

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Nigel from Avening, United Kingdom

love the colour saturation

5 Sep 2012 6:28am

Ronnie 2¢ from Atlantic Shores, United Kingdom

That is some adventurous design and it has me wondering about the shape of rooms within the conical structure. Sure beats the 'boxes' we see today.

5 Sep 2012 8:16am

Francisco Romero from Carbajal de la Legua, Spain

Very beautiful!! The colors are really pleasing.

5 Sep 2012 8:27am

Stephen from Canberra, Australia

Fantastic shot - this series will be a marvellous journey!

5 Sep 2012 8:55am

omid from mashhad, Iran

very nice!!!
so beautiful colors!!!!

5 Sep 2012 9:36am

Jason Politte from Conway, AR, United States

Wow, now that's a distinctive building. Gorgeous shot - the colors are absolutely marvelous, Steven!

5 Sep 2012 11:17am

Mariana M. from Waterloo, Canada

Taht is so great and interesting architecture . Great shot .

5 Sep 2012 11:19am

Rick from Toronto, Canada

A very beautiful and unique building, superbly photographed.

5 Sep 2012 2:17pm

Yonatan from New York, United States

Very nice shot. I am looking forward to this series as my wife and I will be doing this drive in the spring!

5 Sep 2012 2:34pm

ruthiebear from Titusville,NJ, United States

Wonderful point of view to showcase the lovely architecture.

5 Sep 2012 5:33pm

Mhelene from Villiers-sur-Marne, France

Beautiful poto !

5 Sep 2012 7:31pm

Vert Pomme from Montreuil Sous Bois, France

Superbe et original.

5 Sep 2012 7:48pm

LauraS from Chico, United States

Wonderful place to visit. Seems almost Disneyland-ish to me. Lovely shot.

5 Sep 2012 8:08pm

B. Thomas from Arlington, Texas, United States

We got to visit this hotel a few years ago, but couldn't afford to stay there. $$$ ;-)

5 Sep 2012 8:47pm

RBL from Oxford, United States

Wow, fabulous colors and beautiful architecture ... great information! Beautiful photo!

5 Sep 2012 9:11pm

Michael Fresh from Chester, United Kingdom

What a unique and attractive designed building, and a great shot too !

5 Sep 2012 9:14pm

Elaine Hancock from Rockville, United States

What beautiful architecture but I see what you mean about the shingles! Lovely image and great frame!

5 Sep 2012 9:18pm

Carol from Leamington ON, Canada

A unigue design... I would love to just do a tour! The little windowed peaks on the roof must be rooms also? I love the tower, perfect for a view of the surroundings. A great photo and information, I enjoyed!

5 Sep 2012 10:31pm

Judy aka L@dybug from Brooksville, FL, United States

What fun it is to see this iconic image. We were so happy to get to visit this hotel. We walked inside as if we had reservations, 'owned the place' (though we did not), and had a marvelous walk upon the grounds. Thank you so much for the wonderful memories!

6 Sep 2012 12:00am

Harry from Apex, NC, United States

Nice color. Good shot of a classic location.

6 Sep 2012 1:30am

Michael Rawluk from Williams Lake, BC, Canada

You are right about those shingles. That would be a big job. What a cool unusual building.

6 Sep 2012 5:00am

Curly from South Shields, United Kingdom

Reminds me of a dovecote! Very unusual design.

6 Sep 2012 8:02am

franz from Baden, Austria

great "portrait" of this old lady ... hard to believe she's over 100 years old already ...

9 Sep 2012 7:36pm

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

A fabulous looking place and photo. I hope they use shingles just like those on it.

12 Sep 2012 10:41pm