Breakers Hotel in 2009
Historic Postcard of the hotel when it was in operation
Backstory and Context
From the Sky Room Website: "An icon of another era, the eighteen-story Spanish Baroque beauty reigns in sandstone splendor. A dominant landmark of the western seaboard, this exclusive waterfront resort has served as a destination for thousands of visitors since its 1926 debut.
In 1938, Conrad Hilton acquired the hotel and reopened the splendid resort, making it the eighth Hilton in the chain. That reopening came just in time to entertain the servicemen brought to Long Beach by World War II. Fearful of an impending enemy invasion, a concrete machine gun bunker was installed in the red, tile-roofed tower that still remains.
Hilton added a restaurant and nightclub on the top floor calling it appropriately The Sky Room. Since its opening, The Sky Room has served local guests, politicians, and Hollywood celebrities such as Elizabeth Taylor, Charles Lindbergh, Babe Ruth, Clark Gable, Merle Oberon, Errol Flynn, and Cary Grant."