THE GEORGIAN HOTEL, SANTA MONICA, CALIFORNIA
The Georgian Hotel was built in 1933 by Rosamond D’Bored, who commissioned Eugene Durfee to construct the building in the preferred art deco style of the time period. She envisaged the hotel as a seaside hideaway in the once heavily wooded shoreline of the little-known seaside community of Santa Monica for Los Angeles’ rich and famous to enjoy spectacular ocean sunsets over the panoramic Santa Monica Bay. During prohibition, the Georgian became one of Los Angeles' first speakeasies and a rendezvous spot for celebrities.
The Georgian Hotel has a distinct seaside Art Deco Style feel, rather different from South Beach, Miami. The work of the Anaheim-based architect Eugene Durfee mixes elements of Romanesque Revival and Art Deco with Chicago School tripartite design. Durfee is also known for designing the Chapman Building in Fullerton. Inside, the geometric marble floors and crown-molded ceilings, prevailing colors - pink, green and black – and the old-fashioned wood-paneled elevator are all of the period. A $2m. renovation was completed in 2000.