Ninety years ago on January 10, 1928 Thomas Rowe, a developer from England, opened the doors of his new hotel, the Don Cesar, named after Don CeSar de Bazan, the hero of the opera Maritana. It has hosted many celebrities, the Yankees during Spring training, served as a WWII convalescent center and later VA regional office before being declared obsolete in 1969. Rescued by Bill Bowman, he found the building sound, spent $3.5 million in renovations and reopened it as a hotel in 1973. In 1975 it was placed on the National Historic Register. Locals fondly refer to it as the Pink Palace. Here's the Don under construction in 1927. Read more about the Pink Palace in the Don Ce Sar section below.
Join the 90th anniversary celebration "An Iconic Celebration of History and the Community 90 Years in the Making," a black-tie gala on January 19. Tickets at don90thgala.eventbrite.com.