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Santa Maria in Santa Barbara County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
 

The Santa Maria Inn

 
 
The Santa Maria Inn Marker image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, November 30, 2020
1. The Santa Maria Inn Marker
Inscription.  The world famous "Inn of Distincton” was built by Frank J. McCoy on May 16, 1917, the doors were opened with 24 rooms and baths. Designed to appeal to weary Coast Highway travelers, it offered homey comfortable accommodations, good food and genuine hospitality.

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 Marker - wide view image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, November 30, 2020
2. The Santa Maria Inn Marker - wide view
The marker is mounted to a low rock to the right of the entrance to the Inn.
part of the inn today.

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.

(Council and Committee names not transcribed.)
 
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.

Santa Maria Inn - History Room image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, November 30, 2020
3. Santa Maria Inn - History Room
Between the reception desk and the bar is the Inn's history room, showcasing various aspects of the Inn and the area's past, including photos of a number of famous persons who have stayed there, such as William Randolph Hearst, Marilyn Monroe, Jack Lemmon, John Wayne, and Rudolph Valentino.
¼ mile away); Santa Maria Valley World War I Memorial (approx. ¼ mile away); John Edward Smith Memorial (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Santa Maria.
 
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.) 
 
The Santa Maria Inn image. Click for full size.
By Andrew Ruppenstein, November 30, 2020
4. The Santa Maria Inn
Driving past the Inn gives the impression that it is rather large. But most of what is visible here is the 1984 addition to the property. Most of the space that actually functions still as an Inn is located just to the right of the six-storey addition. See next photo.
The Santa Maria Inn image. Click for full size.
Postcard published by Curteich (courtesy of the McFaddin-Ward House Museum), circa 1946
5. The Santa Maria Inn
 
 
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.
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