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William Penn out west

San Diego, CA 92101, USA
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Having just visited William Penn’s state, it reminded me of a photo I took in the Gaslamp quarters of San Diego. The William Penn Hotel is an historic building that originally opened as the Oxford Hotel but was later changed to the William Penn Hotel. I wasn’t able to find out why the name was changed, but probably somebody who had roots in Pennsylvania or was fond of William Penn. In any case the building is a nice historic building, but I enjoyed the vintage signage just as much. When we were there, I believe it was still a hotel, but now it is listed as “tastefully decorated one bedroom apartment homes.”
The Gaslamp quarters of San Diego has a vibrant night life with many nice historic buildings.
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Gaslamp Quarter
Gaslamp Quarter
The Gaslamp quarters is known for it's lively night life, but during the day we discovered some beautiful architecture and historic signs, such as this Wm. Penn Hotel sign.

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by Lenin1991


History of that hotel: "The developer was Levis Brinton, a Pennsylvania farmer who had moved to San Diego in 1887. He died in 1918. His widow Florence apparently changed the name to the Hotel William Penn around 1930, perhaps as a nod to the founder of the English colony of Pennsylvania in 1682."

by trips4me


Thanks for the info!