Lafayette Hotel Closes (For Remodeling)

Walking along the alley separating Louisiana and Mississippi, my wife asked what was hanging before the Lafayette, which we could see because of leveled buildings on El Cajon across the way. We knew that the iconic hotel would close this month for massive, projected $26 million renovation—and, sure enough, it did four days ago.

I walked over to find the early stages of remodeling prep and three banners hanging before the main structure, as you can see from the Featured Image and companion. I part way crossed The Boulevard and stood on a median strip to take the shots.

Vitals, aperture manually set for both: f/11, ISO 100, 1/80 sec, 28mm; 1:13 p.m. PDT. The second: f/5.6, ISO 100, 1/320 sec, 28mm; 1:14 p.m. The building is located in the San Diego neighborhood of University Heights.