Cosmopolitan Hotel Photos Sought

March 17, 2010

— Public Asked to Help in Restoring of Historic Hotel —

Park staff working on the restoration of the Cosmopolitan Hotel in Old Town San Diego State Historic Park are asking for the assistance of the public in restoring the historic structure.

The State of California is looking for any photographs or images of the structure, also known in the mid-twentieth century as the Casa de Bandini Restaurant.  The structure also went by the name of the Miramar Hotel during the thirties and early forties under Cave Couts, Jr., and the Casa de Bandini Motel of the Cardwells from the late forties, through the fifties and into the early sixties.

“The photos are a very important part in making the restoration as historically accurate as possible,” said Sean K. T. Shiraishi, historian for the State of California.  “We recognize the significance and popularity of the location, from tourists to locals.  Many memories were cherished over the years, and we hope to capture those images”

The Cosmo enjoys a prime location in Old Town San Diego State Historic Park, surrounded by restaurants and shops. Recognized as one of the most historically significant buildings in California, The Cosmo will include an indoor and outdoor restaurant, boutique hotel with 10 rooms, along with meeting rooms for special occasions.

Requested are both interior and exterior views, but images of the interior would be especially welcome.

If there are any photos that are willing to be shared, they will be scanned and returned to you with an agreement for the terms of our intended use.  Images may also be brought by appointment at the San Diego Coast District Office, located at 4477 Pacific Highway, San Diego.

Submittals are desired before April 15, 2010.

High resolution external photos of the historic La Casa de Bandini / Cosmopolitan Hotel available upon request.

For more information, contact Sean K.T. Shiraishi via email at or call (619) 688-3398


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