1905 ad 

The Hotel Athens was a 100 room hotel at 1556 Broadway (1302 Broadway before the 1912 renumbering). It opened in 1905 with John B. Jordan, proprietor. 1

In 1924, it was remodeled and re-opened as the Federal Hotel with Robert W. Brown, proprietor. 2 The building also included ground-level commercial spaces; in 1925 it was home to a branch of the First National Bank.

One of the last newspaper mentions as the Federal Hotel was a strange story in 1930. Catherine Ladd fell out of a 4th story window, falling two stories onto a skylight. Amazingly, she escaped with only minor injuries. Her husband, Clarence A. Ladd, gave conflicting reports about what happened and was detained at the police station for questioning. 3 "Alcohol may have been involved."

By 1933, the hotel was the Rosebrook Residential Hotel. 4 It appears the Rosebrook closed in 1948, as there's a "salvage furniture sale" in the classifieds. 5

The building was demolished and in 1950, a new building was constructed. 6

1907 8excerpt from 1925 photo
courtesy Tim Sanchez
excerpt of 1911 Sanborn mapc.1916 7

Links and References

  1. ad Oakland Tribune October 28, 1905
  2. ad Oakland Tribune April 28, 1924
  3. Wife Plunges Out of Window Oakland Tribune July 17, 1930
  4. classified ad Oakland Tribune December 8, 1932
  5. classified ad Oakland Tribune June 4, 1948
  6. Workman Injured By Falling Wrench Oakland Tribune February 17, 1950
  7. ohrphoto.oaklandhotels.018 Oakland History Center, Oakland Public Library
  8. San Francisco Blue Book 1907