The building at 735 Broadway first went on the tax rolls in Seaside 100 years ago, in January 1920, Neighbors at clothing store Selnes and Wheatley were offering a special sale on underwear and shoes. Down the street at the Strand Theatre, filmgoers were watching “Woman in the Suitcase” and “Cannibals of the South Seas.”
The 3000-square-foot event space sits on the second floor of Beacon on Broadway, which first opened as the Beacon Hotel a century ago. The Moose Lodge occupied the space for many years before purchase by owner Ron Hoxie.
“It was a bigger project than we expected it to be, but it turned out really beautiful,” Beacon on Broadway manager Angi Wildt said at the Wednesday, Nov. 20, breakfast meeting of the Seaside Chamber of Commerce.
Downstairs are the End of the Trail pub, Tonquin Trading and the Angi Wildt Gallery. Office space is available for rent on the second floor.
The building, which opened in April, dates back to the days of the “daddy train,” Wildt said.
Guests are allowed to bring their own food and alcohol, with seating for 150. While there is a staging area for caterers, no commercial kitchen is available. The building, accessed from Broadway and Avenue A, has an elevator and ADA restrooms.
Chamber member Cyndi Mudge said she had seen the building before the recent renovation. “Every time I’ve been in this building it’s gotten better and better,” she said.