L 26 Located within walking distance of the Fiesta de Reyes courtyard, The Cosmo- politan Restaurant & Hotel features a res- taurant with indoor and outdoor seating, two saloons, 10 hotel rooms, and private dining rooms for special occasions. The Cosmopolitan is recognized as one of the most historically significant buildings in California. With a history spanning over 175 years, the building was originally constructed as the home of San Diego pioneer Juan Bandini between 1827 and 1829. The building is a rarity because of its long history as well as its place as one of the few historic buildings remaining in the state that combined Mexican adobe and American wood-framing techniques. During its 1870’s heyday, The Cosmo, as it was affectionately called, was the place to be in San Diego. Imagine bellying up to The Cosmo bar, sipping the choicest wines and bourbons and smoking fine Havana cigars. Or, if that’s not your cup of whiskey, imagine sipping tea in the parlor and dining on all the delicacies of the season. The Cosmopolitan was the fine dining room and lodge for San Diego's elite. All the best parties in town were held at The Cosmo: galas, dances, raffles, family reunions, wed- dings, and all types of community events. The Cosmopolitan is one of the most important buildings in all of California, originally the home of Juan Bandini. The lower level is a Mexican adobe structure, dating from 1827, and the upper level an American wood-framed structure dating from 1869 to 1888. It closed in 1888, and theSocialCenter over the years, the L-shaped, two-story building served as an olive-canning fac- tory, offices and a hotel. People of many different cultures built it, lived there, worked there, visited there, partied there, and died there. The building is nothing short of a cultural mosaic. Since