Davidson Building

Also known as the Hotel Del Mar Garage, built circa 1927

The site of Jake’s Restaurant, next door, has a history dating back to around 1910 when it was occupied by the Stratford Inn Garage that served guests at the hotel up the hill, which later became the Hotel Del Mar. When the garage eventually had to be torn down, the heavy wood roof trusses were saved and incorporated into the building that is now Jake’s. Look over your head next time you dine there. In 1927 the old garage was replaced by a new service station for the hotel on the northwest corner of Camino del Mar and 13th Street. The structure is now an office building. Meanwhile, the old garage on Coast Boulevard had a succession of occupants, including a silk stocking factory.

Sources: Del Mar Looking Back by Nancy Ewing, The Del Mar Picture Book by Dr. Lisa Pluth, Discovering Del Mar’s Past by the Del Mar Historical Society, Del Mar Reflections by Bill Arballo, Del Mar Life & Good Times by William Murray.

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