The 1870 Pico House luxury hotel on Los Angeles’s historic Plaza has always been associated with Pío Pico, the last governor of California in the Mexican Era. Based on historical evidence in the Archive of the city’s El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historic Monument and further research, archives manager Michael Henderson traces the proprietorship of the hotel from its first conception as a partnership between Pico and Antonio Cuyas, through successive management and legal cases to its eclipse and the deaths of its original proprietors in the 1890s.
Pío Pico and Antonio Cuyas: Creators of the Pico House, the “Finest Hotel South of San Francisco”
D. Michael Henderson is a board member of the El Pueblo Park Association and is actively engaged with the historic archives and artifact collection of El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historical Monument. He has also contributed articles and presentations on Los Angeles history for the Los Angeles Conservancy. Previously he was a Research Associate at the Cotsen Institute of Archaeology at UCLA, specializing in water usage by early inhabitants of the north shore of Lake Titicaca. He received a Ph.D. in Engineering and Applied Science from Yale University and spent 25 years in research and management at Hughes Aircraft and Raytheon Companies.
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D. Michael Henderson; Pío Pico and Antonio Cuyas: Creators of the Pico House, the “Finest Hotel South of San Francisco”. Southern California Quarterly 1 May 2021; 103 (2): 198–219. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/scq.2021.103.2.198
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