Two small murals decorate the original entrance to the 1927 Riviera Apartment Hotel. When I walk up Park Boulevard from downtown to Balboa Park, I often wonder about them.
The historic Riviera Apartment Hotel exists today as the WorldMark San Diego – Balboa Park, and what originally was the building’s front entrance is now the locked back door. Consequently, these panels are seen by few people.
Here’s a photograph of the building taken circa 1930. It’s hard to determine whether these panels are present inside the original entrance. (The vintage automobiles in the photograph resemble those in the second mural!)
The Riviera Apartment Hotel building has been designated Historical Landmark No. 468 by the City of San Diego.
Do you know anything about these murals? When were they painted? By whom? Leave a comment!
If I happen to learn something more, I’ll post an update here.
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