The Padre Hotel is an iconic treasure in the heart of downtown Bakersfield. In 1927, Los Angeles architect John M. Cooper was commissioned to design the 8-story, 196-room hotel in Spanish Colonial Revival style. Original plans called for 4 more floors just in case they were desired in the future. The pending project brought promise of modernization and sophistication to the city’s thriving economic business district.
The site chosen was the former estate of Superior Court Judge Benjamin Brundage located at the corner of 18th and H Streets. Opening on April 12, 1928, the Padre Hotel was a tribute to Padre Francisco Garces, missionary and 1st European to visit the area.
“Peacock Alley” was the name given to the lobby which had similar features to that of the Biltmore Hotel in Los Angeles. Painted murals graced the walls which depicted stories of its namesake. The new flamboyant Padre was described as, “The finest hotel west of the Rockies.”
Purchased by Milton “Spartacus” Miller in 1954, the once lavish hotel became an eyesore and a city government protest billboard for 45 years as he battled over building code violations. The top 5 floors were closed down and the rest of the once beautiful building fell into disrepair. After his death in 1999, the Padre was permanently closed.
In 2008, hotel and restaurant developer Brett Miller, along with San Diego Architect Graham Downes, purchased the neglected property. During the renovation, reports of unexplained events of possible ghosts and hauntings gained The Padre national attention. The infamous child’s handprint embedded on the wood panel is a must see for visitors. The stylized western theme echoes throughout the 112 upscale rooms, suites, lobby, café, bar and restaurant. Locals and tourists generously rate the food and service five star reviews. With nods to its past creatively intertwined with modern comfort, The Padre Hotel has rightfully earned the title of Bakersfield’s “Oldest and Newest Treasure.”
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