Local Register of Historic Resources

Santa Fe HotelH.P. #94
Santa Fe Hotel (1913)

935 Santa Fe Avenue (view map)
Telesfuro Jance, Builder
Modified Renaissance Revival

The Santa Fe Hotel is one of the oldest and most important Basque institutions in Fresno. Historically, Basque hotels constituted a network of ethnic establishments through which Basque immigrants could enter and move about the United States with a maximum of protection and a minimum of culture shock. As was the custom, the Santa Fe Hotel was built near the railroad station. For its old-world clientele, the Santa Fe Hotel was both a way station for the newly-arrived immigrant and a haven for the unemployed. The hotel also was the base of operations for the Basque sheepmen in town on business.

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