Coast Inn Historical Restoration and Renovation:
In with the old and with the new
The Coast Inn, Coast Liquor Store and Olympic Cottage are a trifecta of historically significant landmarks at the Corner of South Coast Highway and Mountain. Although stylistically unrelated the three structures represent a convergence of economic, social and cultural development that shaped the landscape of the neighborhood and have left an indelible mark on greater Laguna Beach area.
Local real estate investment company Dornin Investment Group has worked tirelessly to craft a development project that will breathe new life into these beloved institutions while restoring their glory and historical charm for generations to come.
Coast Inn – 1401 Coast Highway Laguna Beach, California 92651
Currently the Coast Inn has three prevalent styles, at the rear bluff the building is International style. This portion of the hotel with the rooms and expansive decks will be renovated with comfortable amenities and adjoining decks overlooking the ocean. The lowest deck from Mountain will be remodeled into the hotels flagship casual fining dining restaurant and deck, The Seven Seas. The center core of the building is Spanish Colonial Revival and the rooms along this stretch of the building will be remodeled maintaining the scalloped stucco and wood corbel under support of the deck structure, bullnose stucco surrounds at the windows and doors with divided light glass as well as red barrel tile trim at the top of the parapet along the roof. The arch at the cul-de-sac on Mountain will be maintained and the small tower at the end of the Spanish Colonial Revival portion of the building will be added back to the structure.
As Coast Highway a more contemporary Spanish style design will replace the Minimal Traditional Style wood structure built after fire ravaged this portion of the building. This area will feature the reconstructed tower built with the scalloped deck at the mid-level, and an awning canopy over the clock above the hotel entry door on Mountain.
Across the top of the building a roof deck, with food and drink service will afford guests and patrons a panoramic view of Laguna Beach’s signature vistas. Additionally, the building will be crowned with a replica of the original sign on the roof and flags flying high above the street. The proposed renovations will be coordinated with a Historical Consultant to ensure the project has the appropriate details to match or improve the existing styles and make this cherished icon relevant and useful for years to come.
Coast Liquor – 1391 Coast Highway Laguna Beach, California 92651
The Coast Liquor store is an excellent example of a surviving commercial/retail Mid-Century Modern building in Laguna Beach. This was one of the first projects designed by prominent local architect Chris Abel whose cutting edge style has left its mark on Laguna Beach. The building will be renovated to add a pool deck for Coast Inn guests at the rear of the building as the same floor elevation of the existing liquor store. Parking will be tucked in below the pool and accessed from the rear alley.
Olympic Cottage – 168 Mountain Road Laguna Beach, California 9251
The Olympic Cottage is one of the better surviving examples of athlete cottages constructed for the 1932 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles. The modest structure has a rectangular plan and is caped with an off-set, side-facing gable roof. The cottage will be renovated to reflect its original style when constructed for the Olympic Village. It will be maintained and operated as a beach rental building in conjunction with the hotel. The work on both the Olympic Cottage and Coast Liquor will be coordinated with a Historical Consultant to ensure the restoration of these historic structures has the appropriate attention to detail to match or improve the existing styles.