National Register of Historic Places in Mendocino County

National Register #90001361: Italian Hotel in Point Arena 13 November 2005
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National Register #90001361
Italian Hotel
105 Main Street
Point Arena
Built c1900

This building is the last reminder of Point Arena's small red-light district.

It was built at the beginning of the 20th century as an addition on the front of a house that had previously been the residence of the owner of an adjacent brewery.

The enlarged structure then opened as the Italian Hotel, presumably to cater to the trade of the many workmen from Italy who labored at the lumber mills and ranches in the area. But the building got the reputation for being a brothel, which it kept until it was "cleaned up" soon after the town's incorporation in 19O8.

The original rear part of the building was torn down sometime in the next fifteen years, and the remaining part became a residence.

Just north of the building was the Chinese settlement of houses and businesses, where a few small buildings served the social, medicinal, and sexual needs of Chinese workers. The town's calaboose was located nearby.

Some of the buildings of the red light area lasted until after World War II, but only this one remains today.

Excerpted from the NRHP nomination.

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