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   Historic Santa Maria Inn
801 S. Broadway
Santa Maria, CA 93454-6699

The Santa Maria Inn is a registered Historic Landmark which was built in 1917. Recently restored to the style of an old English country inn, old palm and magnolia trees directly in front of the Entrance are reminders of the Inn’s floral heritage. 

Frank J. McCoy, who came to the Valley in 1904 to work for the new Union Sugar plant, saw that a comfortable hotel was needed, and proceeded to build the Santa Maria Inn. His love of flowers can still be seen throughout the Inn such as the award-winning Rose Garden, which to this day contains some of his original plantings and has become the favored backdrop for weddings. The Patio, which hosted McCoy’s first flower gardens, is now a quiet retreat with its antique water fountain and brick courtyard. The Inn’s famous daily floral arrangements of years past have been immortalized in the beautiful stained glass windows.  

Presidents, ambassadors, actors and actresses, and corporate magnates stopped here while winding their way along Californiaa’s historic El Camino Real between San Francisco and Los Angeles--first via buggy, later by motorcars.Whatever the mode of transportation, in the Grand Old Days or yesterday, road weary travelers have come to the Santa Maria Inn to rest and refresh. Rates range from $69.00 to $89.00

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Santa Maria High School (left) and Town Center Hotel are located on Broadway Strret.
City of Santa Maria, California Historical Landmarks 
Buena Vista Park (Morrison & Pine) - October 8, 1972  
Santa Maria Flagpole (formerly at Main & Broadway intersection) - November 11, 1973  
Site of First City-Owned Waterworks (Fire siren on top of water tank located at Historical Museum) - October 7, 1975 
Residence of Reuben Hart (now between Fire Station No. 1 and lawn bowling on South McClelland) - September 7, 1980  
Site of Pacific Coast Railway Depot (West Main/Railroad) - September 19, 1982  
Santa Maria Inn (801 S. Broadway) - May 16, 1985  
Santa Maria City Hall (110 E. Cook Street) - September 12, 1985  
Four Corners (Main & Broadway) - July 1, 1986  
Veterans' Memorial Cultural Center (Pine/Tunnell Streets) - May 30, 1988  
Site of First Masonic Temple (South Broadway across from Robinson-May) - November 20, 1990  
All landmarks have been marked with plaques. 

Objects of Historical Merit  

Cypress Street Kindergarten (324 E. Cypress Street) - February 16, 1993   
"Old" St. Mary's Church (corner of Miller/Cypress) - February 16, 1993   
Orange Street Kindergarten (401 E. Orange Street) - February 16, 1993   
Melby's Clock (109 W. Main Street) - March 15, 1994   
Coca Cola Building (Jones/McClelland) - April 19, 1994  
Historic Bell at El Camino School - April 19, 1994  
Leo's Drive-In (now Taco Bell on N. Broadway) - August 16, 1994  
Bas Relief of the Ship Santa Maria (now hanging in Wells Fargo Bank branch at Miller/Main) - August 18, 1994 
First United Methodist Church - November 28, 1995  
St. Peter's Episcopal Church - November 28, 1995 
Santa Maria Civic Theater (1660 N. McClelland, originally telephone relay station) - November 28, 1995 
Zanetti/Twitchell Home (824 S. Broadway, now Images Photography) - November 28, 1995 
Site of Rusconi Cafe (112 S. Broadway, present Bank of America) - May 21, 1996