Santa Monica History Spotlight: The Rapp Saloon
January 10, 2019
by Robyn Carmichael
The History Spotlight focuses on the landmarks, residents
1438 2nd Street
Built 1875, designated 1975
This, the first Santa Monica
Over the years, the building has housed a variety of uses: It was officially used as Santa Monica’s Town Hall from May 1888 to February 1889. It later became a Salvation Army meeting hall, a radiator repair shop, art galleries, and storage for one of the first movie studios in the Los Angeles area, Vitagraph Film Co. in the 1900s. Today, it is the centerpiece of one of Santa Monica’s most successful, pioneering adaptive reuse projects, the Santa Monica Hostel International, opened in the 1980s.