After spending the morning in Wilmington shooting the Granada Theatre, we came outside to particularly lovely weather. Not quite ready for lunch, we wanted to spend some time exploring the South Bay. Neither of us had seen the Korean Friendship Bell (formally called the Korean Bell of Friendship), so we decided to head up the hill to the former site of Fort MacArthur in San Pedro.
Titled after its owner, Don Hundredmark, the Don Hotel was completed in 1929 in Wilmington, CA. Built to cater to tourists ferrying to and from Catalina Island, the 135 room hotel had a suite reserved full-time for publishing magnate William Randolph Hearst.
The building became derelict by the 80s, and in the late 90s the city allowed it to be converted into senior care housing. The original sign bearing “DON HOTEL” was taken down and replaced with “THE DON” in 2000.