This was the Seasider Motor Inn at the turnaround in Seaside, Oregon in September 1965. Banners in the restaurant window advertised that Calypso singer Don James was performing “three shows nitely.”
The building was originally built in 1897 by E.N. Grimes and operated as the “New Grimes Hotel.” Four years later it was sold to Dan Moore & became the “Hotel Moore.”
Nineteen years later, in 1920, Moore sold the hotel to a stock company which did extensive rebuilding which included a fountain & two ornate spires on the north wing. They again changed the name to “Seaside Hotel.”
1927 saw the building again sold, this time to Robert Beckman & his wife who retained the name of the hotel.
In 1940, Al Winters & Associates of Portland purchased the business only to have it sold again in 1945 to Hugo Paul & Robert Williamson.
They operated it until 1959 when it was sold to a group of local investors led by Lester Raw & Roy Smith. Raw’s brother Vern became a partner in 1962 and the Raw brothers were successful in modernizing the hotel, restaurant & lounge.
For the last time, in 1965, the hotel name was changed to the “Seasider Motor Inn.”
The hotel garnered it’s share of celebrities in the 1950 & 60s playing host to John F. Kennedy, Duke Ellington, Nelson Rockefeller amongst others.
The Raw brothers sold their controlling interest in 1976 to Elgon & Dallas Wilson, who only kept it for two years before a pair of Canadian investors took over.
The investors plans called for tearing the hotel down & building a six-story condo in its place. However, funding fell through & the Canadian investors looked to sell the business.
A deal with a potential buyer was put on hold when the fire department threatened to condemn the building if not brought up to meet fire safety standards. The Canadians installed fire doors & walls to keep the hotel running but the potential sale fell though.
The renovations were not enough to keep the business afloat and the Seasider was sold for the last time in 1983 to Shilo Inn founder Mark Hemstreet, who tore the hotel & restaurant down in the summer of 1983 & replacing it with the Shilo Oceanfront Inn & restaurant that is there today.