Way Back When: Big News at the Potter Hotel
The Potter Hotel had a new owner this month (Image: Library of Congress)
By Betsy J. Green
WAY BACK WHEN, in February 1919, the big news hit the paper – “Sale of Potter Hotel Now Announced.” The new owner was a hotel syndicate headed by D.M. Linnard of San Francisco. According to the Library of Congress website, Linnard pioneered the concept of hotel plus bungalows, and that’s exactly what was discussed in the article about his purchase of the Potter. “Thirty-six Bungalows to be Built on Grounds … to Become Playground of the World; Santa Barbara Strictly in Forefront of Biggest Development Plans.”
Was it significant that Potter sold the hotel in 1919 and not in 1918? Yes, indeedy, because Potter’s lucky number was 19.