A hotel building with origins in the early days of Venice is turning 100 years old.
Originating as The Potter, the structure was built by J.D. Armstrong in a five-month process that involved the use of over 290,000 bricks along what is now Ocean Front Walk in Venice.
The location was key to The Potter’s initial success, as it was built across from community founder Abbot Kinney’s “Plunge,” a central point in his visionary “Venice of America,” according to the Venice Historical Society. Over the years The Potter had endured many economic and cultural cycles along with Venice: surviving the Great Depression, fostering the Beat generation of poets and bearing witness to the birth of skateboarding, according to the historical society.
Most recently known as Venice Beach Suites & Hotel, the building has attracted millions of tourists, artists and beachgoers in the eclectic community.
The Venice Chamber of Commerce will celebrate the hotel’s centennial anniversary during its monthly mixer Wednesday, Oct. 24 at the Venice Beach Suites & Hotel, 1305 Ocean Front Walk.
The Potter building has frequently appeared in the media, most recently as the primary location of the music video for “Favorite Song” by Colbie Caillat as well as in the title sequence and as a recurring set location of the television show “NCIS: L.A.”
The Potter’s long history is reflected on the walls of Venice Beach Suites & Hotel, which houses the oldest original operating “bird cage” elevator in Venice. The hotel boasts beautiful ocean-front views with in-suite kitchens in some of the rooms.
The centennial will be celebrated with the Venice Historical Society unveiling a special plaque, a boardwalk entertainer, special appearances by Charlie Chaplin and Laurel and Hardy impersonators and commemorative gifts for all guests.
The event is scheduled from 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 24. Admission for members and invited guests is $5, or $20 for non-members.
Information, venicebeachsuites.com, or (310) 871-0215.