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Barbara Worth Hotel in San Diego


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I have seen no evidence that Harold Bell Wright had any connection with the Hotel Barbara Worth in San Diego or the Barbara Worth Cafe in Jacumba, but both were there during his lifetime and he was undoubtedly aware of them.   For several months he lived in the U. S. Grant hotel, directly across the street from the Barbara Worth Hotel in San Diego, so he had to see it every time he left the hotel.

According to the San Diego Historical Society, the Plaza Theatre, which San Diego's Hotel Barbara Worth was built around and above, opened April 13, 1913, and was demolished in 1982 to make way for the Horton Plaza Shopping Center.  The second-story Barbara Worth Hotel, which had become a de facto brothel by the early 1960's, was demolished in July 1966, leaving the Plaza Theatre to stand for an additional 16 years as a one-story building. (see: http://members.cox.net/ramero/hortonplaza.htm)

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San Diego's Barbara Worth Hotel

BWHotelSD2.JPG (39183 bytes) 1. San Diego's Barbara Worth Hotel.  Their own advertising card.  "Electric Fountain at night--The Plaza--a beautiful park, in the center of the city and in front of the . . . Barbara Worth Hotel.  Ownership, W. W. Whitson.  Management, D. R. Lane.  ONLY HOTEL LOBBY OVERLOOKING THE PLAZA.  Rooms: 75c, $1.00, up to $6.00 per day.  A HOTEL FOR YOUR MOTHER, YOUR SISTER, YOUR WIFE AND YOURSELF."
bwsandiegoad.jpg (111436 bytes) 2. This informative advertisement for the Barbara Worth Hotel in San Diego is from The San Diego Tourist, July, 1915, p.71.  One thing we learn from this ad is that there is certainly no dining room in this hotel.
bwhotelsdtheater.jpg (59980 bytes) 3. San Diego's Barbara Worth Hotel.  This is not a postcard, but a photo (c.1918) from the files of the San Diego Historical Society.  
bwplaza.jpg (68229 bytes) 4. San Diego's Barbara Worth Hotel.  This is not a postcard, but a photo (1918) from the files of the San Diego Historical Society.  The entrance to the Barbara Worth Hotel and the first two letters of "Barbara" can be seen on the extreme right of the photo.
5. Not a postcard. Photo is stamped on back: "Genuine Crystaltone Finest Quality Made Feb 12 1940 Guaranteed Forever"  4.75 inches by 3 inches. eb
bwpano01.jpg (88712 bytes) 6. San Diego's Barbara Worth Hotel.  This is not a postcard, but part of a panoramic skyline photo of San Diego.  Charles Z. Bailey, the photographer inscribed these words, "San Diego, Cal.  From 5th and 'E' St's, May 1914."  Use Scroll Bars to see BW Hotel and U. S. Grant Hotel to its right.
bwpano02.jpg (44848 bytes) 7. (Enlargement of San Diego's Barbara Worth Hotel from above panorama.  In my opinion the building does not look like it is only one year old.)
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BWHotelSD1.JPG (33165 bytes) (8.) 223. The U. S. Grant Hotel and Plaza . . San Diego, Cal.  [Barbara Worth Hotel is visible on right.]
9. Monte Carlo Cocktails, 317 "E" Street, San Diego, Calif. Wilbur Clarke. On the inside of this match cover is printed: "In the Barbara Worth Hotel, Wilbur Clark, Prop."
hortonnow.jpg (55247 bytes) 10. Here is a photo of Horton Plaza, taken through a window of the U. S. Grant Hotel in March of 2001.  The fountain appears unchanged.  You might think from this photo that the Barbara Worth Hotel was remodeled, but that is not the case.  The old buildings were demolished and new ones built.

 

 

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