Rick Thomas | U.S. Court of Appeals (formerly Vista del Arroyo hotel) seen in the framed arch of the Colorado Street Bridge (2007)
A massive concrete bridge and a luxury resort hotel. They make a perfect pair.
The Vista del Arroyo hotel (today U.S. Court of Appeals) and the Colorado Street Bridge have a symbiotic relationship that dates back to the early 1900s. At the time, nearly every postcard view of the bridge shows the hotel behind it. Likewise, most of the photos taken by the guests of the hotel also capture the bridge in the background.
The two are inseparable. The historic bridge and former grand hotel are cultural icons of the Arroyo Seco. And they are in plain sight of each other for all time.
Note: The Vista del Arroyo hotel changed ownership during WW II when the War Department took control of the hotel for use as an army hospital (1943 to 1949). Today, the building serves as the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.
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