Built in 1887 by Comstock & Trotsche, it was a luxury hotel with a design based on the Innsbruck Inn in Vienna, Austria. The Grand Horton was part of a building boom following the opening of the city's first transcontinental railroad connection in 1885. It is in the Italianate Victorian architecture style.
The Brooklyn-Kahle Saddlery Hotel was a less formal hotel that combined Western/Cowboy and Victorian styles. Built around the same time as the Grand Horton, it was originally known as the Brooklyn Hotel, but was later renamed the Kahle Saddlery due to the presence of a prominent saddle and harness shop on the building's first floor starting in 1912. Wyatt Earp lived in the Brooklyn Hotel during most of the seven years he stayed in San Diego.
Guests of the original hotels included President Benjamin Harrison, Jack Dempsey, Joe Louis, Babe Ruth, and Wyatt Earp.
Both hotels were scheduled for demolition in the 1970s when the City of San Diego purchased them to build the Horton Plaza shopping center on the site. The hotels were dismantled brick by brick, with each brick numbered, catalogued, and stored. In 1986 the hotels were rebuilt into an entirely new hotel at the present location at Fourth Street and Island Avenue.
We took a tour of the Gaslamp learning about the various brothels of the red light district. This hotel was one of our spots. Check out our adventure here!
Haunted? The Horton Grand is reputed to be haunted, including by the ghost of a man named Roger Whitaker who reportedly occupies Room 309. Several other ghosts are known to haunt the Horton Grand, including that of Ida Bailey – the one time owner of the brothel that stood on this site.