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Danville Express

Living - July 17, 2009

Presenting the Past: Danville Hotel remembered with a monument

by Beverly Lane

The Danville Hotel is one Danville building that is recognized as historic by everyone. The old hotel is now painted red and houses the Sideboard Neighborhood Coffeehouse and Kitchen. There you get great food and a view of Hartz Avenue and the Veterans Hall from the hotel's front porch. North of the Sideboard is the San Ramon Valley Historical Society's brass plaque, placed on a brick pedestal.

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Beverly Lane is curator of the Museum of the San Ramon Valley and co-author of "San Ramon Valley: Alamo, Danville, and San Ramon" and "Vintage Danville: 150 Years of Memories."

Comments

Posted by Anon, a resident of Danville
on Nov 22, 2010 at 12:54 pm

What a great historical record of the Danville Hotel. I moved to the area back in 1974 and remember the hotel as one of the highlights of the town. I have vivid memories of the hotel, the saloon, and the jail. About the jail... I do recall something about it being the original jail back in the wild west days. Is there any truth to that? I remember my dad locking me in and then thinking how horrible it would be to really be a bad guy and be stuck in that tiny cell all day/night. Is there any plan to keep that part of the hotel when they remodel? I looked at the plans but didn't see anything regarding the jail.


Posted by Anon, a resident of Danville
on Nov 22, 2010 at 12:55 pm

What a great historical record of the Danville Hotel. I moved to the area back in 1974 and remember the hotel as one of the highlights of the town. I have vivid memories of the hotel, the saloon, and the jail. About the jail... I do recall something about it being the original jail back in the wild west days. Is there any truth to that? I remember my dad locking me in and then thinking how horrible it would be to really be a bad guy and be stuck in that tiny cell all day/night. Is there any plan to keep that part of the hotel when they remodel? I looked at the plans but didn't see anything regarding the jail.


Posted by Ralph N. Shirlet, a resident of another community
on Nov 23, 2010 at 2:43 pm

Dear Dolores,

It is a delightful adventure to read the history of the buildings surrounding the Danville Hotel and the other historic home on the property. Somewhere around 1947 for some reason not quite clear the various buildings including the jail were constructed to create an attraction in Danville.

Possibly you could get Ms. Beverly Lane to tell more of that story because the history I researched left more questions about WHY all such construction was done. I lived in Berkeley, as a boy, at the time and our Sunday rides were down our corridor. I don't remember my parents ever thinking the Danville Hotel was an attractive place to stop.

Tell us the story, please,

With less ROFL in Ralph N. Shirlet
halbailey@yahoo.com


Posted by registered user, Dolores Ciardelli, a resident of editor of Danville Express
on Nov 24, 2010 at 9:26 am

The Danville Weekly explored the history in one of its first issues, Aug. 19, 2005, in a story called, "Into the sunset: What is the future of the Danville Hotel?" Here is the link to the story: Web Link

And here is the link to the issue: Web Link


Posted by Harald A. Bailey, a resident of another community
on Nov 24, 2010 at 5:42 pm

Dear Dolores,

That is a joyous reminder of what in no more. Your readers miss The Danville Weekly.

Thank you for such a wonderful reminder,

halbailey@yahoo.com


Posted by Derek, a resident of Danville
on Nov 25, 2010 at 9:57 am

"Today many of the buildings are vacant and plans for new development are in the works, with final Town of Danville approvals to come"

Here, let me correct that sentence: "Today many of the buildings are vacant and plans for new development which will be hideously out of place and which will also have a high vacancy rate are in the works, with final Town of Danville approvals to come via various monetary incentives"

An unrelated question: The oldest structure downtown would in fact appear to be the tiny plaster & brick one story building next to the hotel - the one across the alley fifteen feet to the north. It's now a jewelry store, formerly a cigar shop. What's the story on this one?