Santora Building 1928
This building caught my eye right away because of the lovely Spanish Ornate style. The correct term is Mission/Spanish Colonial Revival. I found that the name Santora is a combination of Santa Ana & Orange, how clever. Built by the Santora Land Company by Oliver Halsell, vice president and Frank Lansdowne was the architect. The property was bought from the Minter family. It had ten stories, which accommodated over 20 shops. Sadly during the 1933 Long Beach earthquake the top eight stories disappeared. In 1934-44 the second story was Daninger’s Tea Room and was a favorite of locals and celebrities for its home cooked meals and inviting décor. Celebrities such as Jack Benny, Milton Berle, Lucille Ball, Gracie Allen, George Burns, Rosalind Russell, William Holden, and I could go on, but these are just some who signed their guest book over the years.
201-211 N. Broadway & 209-217 W. 2nd Street