The Santa Maria Inn
Frank Joseph McCoy (1872-1949), a master innkeeper and a noted floriculturist, created the atmosphere of an English inn, still seen in the tap room and coach room murals, further enhanced with his personal collection of pewter, copper, 19th century prints and original paintings displayed in the corridors and lobbies. An internationally known cactus garden, tree plantings and flower gardens were developed on the inn grounds. Fresh flowers filled the dining room windows and lobbies which inspired the slogan "It's always blossom time at the Santa Maria Inn". On December 19, 1922, the Santa Maria Rotary Club was presented its charter at the Inn. The California Garden Clubs, Inc. was founded at the Inn in 1931. The Inn was the first site of KCOY, a pioneer radio station. Within a decade, the inn became a social influence, attracting the elite and the famous.
Two years after opening, another unit of 12 rooms was added, followed in 1923 by 21 rooms and a final addition of 28 rooms in 1928, making a total of 86 rooms which are still
The Santa Maria Inn is a memorial to Frank J. McCoy whose dream of building a fine hotel in a growing city came true. In August of 1981, the Channel Island Development Company purchased the property. Under the guidance of Chairman of the Board Martin V. Smith and President Victor M. Marzorati, the Inn was totally renovated to restore the traditions of gracious elegance and warm hospitality.
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Erected by Santa Maria Valley Historical Society. (Marker Number 6.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in this topic list: Industry & Commerce.
Location. 34° 56.634′ N, 120° 26.179′ W. Marker is in Santa Maria, California, in Santa Barbara County. Marker is at the intersection of South Broadway and West Park Avenue, on the right when traveling south on South Broadway. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 801 South Broadway, Santa Maria CA 93454, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. City Water Works - Historical Landmark (approx. 0.2 miles away); John Long House (approx. 0.2 miles away); Santa Maria Valley War on Terrorism Memorial (approx. ¼ mile away); Santa Maria Valley Vietnam Veterans Memorial (approx. ¼ mile away); Vandenberg Air Force Base 30th Space Wing Memorial (approx. ¼ mile away); Santa Maria Valley Cold War Veterans Memorial (approx.
Also see . . .
1. Santa Maria Inn steeped in Central Coast history (Santa Maria Times, May 6, 2007). (Submitted on December 2, 2020.)
2. Santa Maria Inn (Haunted Rooms America). "Originally built in 1917 as a modest 24 room hotel, the hotel has since become a hotspot for celebrities and the public visiting the world-renowned vineyards of the central coast. Santa Maria Inn is also renowned for the ghosts it harbors, including the legendary actor Rudolph Valentino…" (Submitted on December 2, 2020.)
Credits. This page was last revised on December 2, 2020. It was originally submitted on December 2, 2020, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. This page has been viewed 37 times since then and 2 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on December 2, 2020, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California.