Davis in Yolo County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
Remembering the Terminal Hotel Building
The line of tan bricks embedded in the sidewalk 12 feet to your right shows the "footprint" of the historic Terminal Hotel Building. The bricks are from the facade of the original building.
At this corner in 1922, James Belenis (left) and George Tingus (right) opened the Terminal Cafe. In 1924, they moved the wooden structure seen in the photo and erected a one-story brick building for their restaurant. (Refers to upper left photo)
In 1927, the Cafe owners added a second floor hotel. Many guests arrived by train from the SP Depot.
As early as 1925, community groups regularly used the large, new restaurant as a meeting space. Members of the Davis City Council and other civic-minded Davisites gathered there to discuss city business, planning, and other topics of the day.
After WW II, the G Street area was considered out-of-date and declined. Many older buildings were torn down or remodeled beyond recognition,
The building was sold to new owners in 1958, who updated the storefronts by adding the "Old West" facade seen here. The hotel was renamed the Hotel Aggie and served a low-income clientele. After a vigorous debate over preservation of the historic building, it was demolished in 2000 and replaced by what is now called the Chen Building in honor of Grace and Lee Chen. (Refers to center-right photo)
From the 1950s to the '90s, various restaurants, clubs, and independent retail stores inhabited the building's ground floor. The Antique Bizarre, a bar and nightclub that featured live musical acts, was the most famous. Another store was the Natural Food Works. It was co-owned by Bob Black who went on to become a major figure in local progressive era politics.
As part of the 1976 Bicentennial Celebration, the City of Davis commissioned artist Terry Buckendorf to paint a mural of the Davis Arch (looking west) on the north face of the Terminal Hotel Building. The original Davis Arch structure spanned Second Street, just west of G Street, from 1916 to 1924. The arch mural was destroyed in 2000 when the Terminal Hotel Building was demolished.
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Mitigation funding by Aggie Enterprises, developer of the Chen Building. Interpretive sign funder memorializes Lee Jing Chen, 1939-2011.
Location. 38° 32.626′ N, 121° 44.33′ W. Marker is in Davis, California, in Yolo County. Marker is at the intersection of 2nd Street and G Street on 2nd Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 801 2nd Street, Davis CA 95616, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Historic City Hall (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Site of the First Yolo County Public Library Branch (about 500 feet away); Dresbach-Hunt-Boyer Mansion (about 600 feet away); Davis Subway (approx. 0.2 miles away); Lincoln Highway Marker (approx. 0.4 miles away); Site of the Jerome C. and Mary Chiles Davis Homestead (approx. half a mile away); Davis Cemetery Veterans Memorial (approx. 1.1 miles away); Briggs Reservoir (approx. 1.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Davis.
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Credits. This page was last revised on October 9, 2019. This page originally submitted on December 14, 2015, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. This page has been viewed 244 times since then and 26 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on December 14, 2015, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. 4. submitted on October 9, 2019, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California. 5. submitted on December 14, 2015, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California.