Pico House Hotel
Pico House Hotel
|Zak, Nick and Aaron are joined by the Hollywood Ghost Hunters as they
investigate a once-opulent hotel where 19 Chinese immigrants were
murdered during a vicious race riot in 1871.
The Pico House is a
historic building in Los Angeles, California, dating from its days as a
small town in Southern California. Located on 430 North Main Street, it
sits across the old Los Angeles Plaza from Olvera Street and El Pueblo
de Los Angeles Historic Monument.
Pío Pico, a successful
businessman who was the last Mexican Governor of Alta California,
ordered construction of a luxury hotel in the growing town. The
architect was Ezra F. Kysor, who also designed the Cathedral of Saint
Vibiana, and it was constructed between 1869 and 1870.
resulting Italianate three story, 33-room hotel, dubbed Pico House (or
Casa de Pico) was the most extravagant and lavish hotel in Southern
California, and its opening was cause for much celebration.
had a total of nearly eighty rooms, large windows, a small interior
court, and a grand staircase. In the days of the hotel's primacy the
courtyard featured a fountain and an aviary of exotic birds.
structure forms three sides of a trapezoid of which the open end
immediately abuts the adjacent Merced Theatre, thus forming the
courtyard. The back of the hotel faces Sanchez Street, where the large
carriage entrance can still be seen.
Its time in the spotlight
did not last very long. By 1876 the Southern Pacific Railroad had linked
the city with the rest of the country and more residents and
businessman began pouring in.
Pio Pico himself started having
financial troubles, and lost the hotel to the San Francisco Savings and
Loan Company. The business center of the city began to move south and,
by 1900, the building began to decline.
After decades as a
shabby lodging house, it finally passed into the hands of the State of
California in 1953, and it now belongs to the El Pueblo de Los Angeles
State Historic Monument.
The Pico House Hotel was built between 1869 and 1870. Reports say that 19 Chinese immigrants were murdered in the hotel during a race riot and some of their spirits may still linger.
Parts of this building were renovated in 1981 and 1992. The ground floor is occasionally used for exhibits and other events.
Pico House is currently listed as a California Historical Landmark (No.
159) and a National Historic Landmark as a part of the Los Angeles
Plaza Historic District (NPS-72000231).
The Pico House is
featured prominently in the Star Trek: The Next Generation two part
episode Time's Arrow, filling in as turn of the century San Francisco.
back end of Pico House is also used in the hit TV show The Mentalist.
It is used as the CBI HQ and is frequently shown during the show. Pico
House was also used, in August 2009, as the shoot location for JLS's
video for their single, Everybody In Love.
On January 7th, 2011, the building was featured on Travel Channel's Ghost Adventures with Kane Hodder, and Rick McCullum.