There are several buildings at the Raymond location, the first was begun in 1887. The buildings combine exterior elements in the Mediterranean Revival style and several interior spaces in the Moorish Revival style. Pasadena’s climate drew many visitors as a popular resort town for those suffering from tuberculosis.
In the mid 1920s, the second hotel, built of wood, suffered a fire when a guest fell asleep with a lit cigar, catching the drapes and furniture on fire in the first floor smoking parlor. Evidence of the damage can still be seen on the square columns at the top where the plaster melted from the heat and the water from the fire hoses. The building was heavily damaged and a few people died. There are rumors of hauntings here from the guests who died in the fire.