I love this photo by Bee photographer Craig Kohlruss of the boarded up main entrance to Hotel Fresno. The contrast between the beauty of the door and arched window work with the graffiti and scarred floor says wonders.
This is just one of many photos from Craig on the hotel, which was the subject of a front-page story in today’s Bee. Reporter George Hostetter explains the plans to renovate the hotel into a space featuring apartments and businesses. The estimated cost is $16.5 million and the financing uncertain. There’s a lot of uncertainty about the project, but Hostetter writes about its promise:
Still, there is no denying that Hotel Fresno, much like the old Fresno County Courthouse, has an enduring hold on the city’s imagination. Designed by architect Edward T. Foulkes, the brick building located on what is now Broadway Plaza is Fresno’s oldest hotel structure. Its upper floors command a fine view of the downtown skyline.
It’s a shame that the building has declined so much. But I’m hopeful for the possibilities. I look to places like the Warnors Theatre, where every time I attend an event I am wowed by the beauty and sound quality. Or, The Grand 1401, where I attended a party over the holidays and once again got to appreciate the GORGEOUS architecture and view.
Here’s hoping that the Hotel Fresno once again shines.