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Carlsbad in San Diego County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

Twin Inns

 
 
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Photographed By Barry Swackhamer, December 28, 2016
1. Twin Inns Marker
Inscription.  This Victorian structure was built in 1887 for Gerhard Schutte, whose role in the development of the town led to his being called the "Father of Carlsbad." Schutte and partners Samuel Church Smith and D.D. Wadsworth founded the Carlsbad Land and Mineral Water Company and had as their vision "a town of small farms and gracious homes." To that end they bought 400 prime acres at $40 per acre for development as a community. They laid out a townsite, lined roads with eucalyptus seedlings and named the streets. This property was converted to the Twin Inns Restaurant circa 1917 by Whiting and Reed and was purchased by Ed and Neva Kenner in 1919. It was named the Twin Inns since the building was identical to the nearby Wadsworth home, also used as an inn. The building was extensively remodeled with a large octagonal dining room added in 1922. The Twin Inns was a popular summer dining area, frequented by many of the Hollywood set after a day at the races and later figured prominently in Carlsbad's history serving as the site of the first city council meeting and deliberations on the city's incorporation. The building was also famous for its fried chicken
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dinners which were promoted by large plaster chickens out front. After 60 years as a family business, the Twin Inns was sold in 1984 and became part of the Village Fair Shopping Center.
 
Erected by Carlsbad Historic Preservation Commission.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Notable Buildings.
 
Location. 33° 9.519′ N, 117° 21.064′ W. Marker is in Carlsbad, California, in San Diego County. Marker is on Carlsbad Boulevard near Carlsbad Village Drive, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 2978 Carlsbad Boulevard, Carlsbad CA 92008, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Carlsbad by the Sea Retirement Community (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Carlsbad Santa Fe Depot (about 600 feet away); Capt. John A. Frazier (about 600 feet away); St. Michael's By-the-Sea Episcopal Church (about 700 feet away); El Camino Real Bell (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Carlsbad Theatre (approx. 0.2 miles away); Carlsbad's First Firehouse (approx. Ό mile away); The Magee House (approx. Ό mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Carlsbad.
 
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Photographed By Barry Swackhamer, December 28, 2016
3. Twin Inns
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4. Twin Inns, Carlsbad, California
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 24, 2020. It was originally submitted on December 29, 2016, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California. This page has been viewed 1,366 times since then and 174 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on December 29, 2016, by Barry Swackhamer of Brentwood, California.

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Nov. 28, 2022