Local Art Walk

Bunker House


Theodore C Bunker purchased this property in 1885 from J Chauncey Hayes and erected this 2 story brick structure in 1886. Known as the Bunker House, it was a family residence as well as a boarding house. After Mr Bunker's untimely death the family moved to LA. Years later it was renamed the Traveler's Hotel. The building is said to have a colorful history, from the stabbing death of one of its owners to the years of use by prostitutes. It is the oldest remaining brick commercial/residential structure in Oceanside. - from Oceanside Historical Society

Historical Timeline:

  • 1886 - The building was built by Theodore Bunker. The first floor was intended for store usage and the upstairs was planned for a hall. Later that same year, the San Diego Union reported that the $3000 building “will be an ornament to the town,” and it was utilized for a Town meeting hall.
  • 1889 - Mr. Bunker was unable to repay his debt on the property, and it went back to Mrs. Couts, his financier. (Sounds a lot like today!!) During her ownership the property was utilized as a boarding house for railroad workers.
  • 1904 - Mr. Rieke bought the property and added on the back portion of the house. The Riekes became well known builders in Oceanside.
  • 1923 - H.J. Crawford bought the building.
  • 1945 - It was sold in to George Haddox.
  • 1947 - Mr. Haddox sold it to Ralph and Ella Rogers. This lovely couple operated the Rogers Music Co., leasing jukeboxes to local bars throughout the county. They leased the upstairs to boarders. After his retirement from the music business Mr. Rogers named the building the Travelers Hotel.
  • 1970′s - In later years the building fell into disrepair and was associated with prostitution activities in Oceanside.
  • 1977 - The building was abandoned after Rogers passed away.
  • 1983 - Rosaline acquires the building and attempts to establish a restaurant, but challenges with the city led her to drop this idea.
  • 1987-1991 - The City of Oceanside uses the building for offices.
  • 2010 - Apotheque Lifestyle Spa revitalizes the building at 322 N. Cleveland Street bringing new life, positive energy, and wellness to the community of Oceanside.

- from Apotheque

photos ©2014

photos ©2014