The San Remo Hotel filled its rooms not only with
tourists and business travelers. In the old days – the
hotel was founded in 1906 – it sheltered
homeless survivors of the great San
Francisco Earthquake and Fire of 1906. A.P.
Giannini, the famous financier
who founded Bank of Italy, later Bank of America,
built the hotel on family land in North Beach.
The hotel was known then as the New California.
Along with passing travelers, early lodgers included
workmen, immigrants, sailors, artists and families.
A downstairs bar and restaurant always served family
style meals at economical prices and offered the
warm fellowship of kindred souls.