1886 advertisement for the natick house hotel
: LAPL California Index
from the pacific coast architecture database
Natick House, Los Angeles, CA
The proprietor was M.S. Rowell in c. 1886-1887; in 1899, the Bernard Estate owned Natick House. The Hart Brothers owned the Natick House in 06/1903. Located on the corner of Main Street and First Street, its entrance faced First. In 1886, Natick House was a two-story, Italianate building with glazed storefronts located on the first floor, and rooms above. Most rooms were illuminated by arched Italianate windows. Two signs just below cornice line, announced the hotel's name.
John Parkinson undertook "extensive improvements on the property." These included installation of another story adding 75 more rooms, an elevator, and a steam-heating plant. The interior was also to be completely remodeled in 02/1899.
In 1886, Natick House billed itself as "...the most centrally located house in the city; it is opposite the Grand Opera House, only half a block from the Post-Office, Telegraph and Telephone Offices, and but one block form the City Hall. This House has been opened for two years, and has won for itself a good reputation with the traveling public."
E_R, the photo you posted above of the natick house, you can see that demolition is underway. the scaffolding around city hall is for the new roof. this work took place in 1950.
from the Arcadia book Historic Hotels Los Angeles and Hollywood
: Historic Hotels Los Angeles and Hollywood