The U.S. Grant Hotel Records consist of financial reports, correspondence, purchase orders, and committee reports mostly documenting Roy Lake's management,
but including much earlier records, as well. The collection also includes blueprints and architectural renderings documenting
its numerous renovations. The U.S. Grant Hotel records date from 1922 to 1977. The blueprints and architectural renderings
date from 1926 to 1970. The collection is arranged in three series: Monthly Financial Reports, Managing Director's Files, and Blueprints and Architectural Renderings.
Ulysses S. Grant, Jr. (1852-1929), son of the eighteenth President of the United States, arrived with his family in San Diego
in 1893. He soon became interested in real estate and decided to build a hotel in San Diego in honor of his father. His
wife, Fannie Chaffee Grant, purchased the Horton House, an existing hotel, in 1893. They planned to raze it and use the site
for a new hotel. The Horton House remained in operation until it was torn down in 1905. Architect Harrison Albright (1866-1933)
designed the new hotel, but because of lumber shortages resulting from the 1906 San Francisco earthquake and Grant's personal
financial setbacks, construction was delayed. Mrs. Grant died in 1909, before the hotel was completed.
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