|The Raycraft Hotel was founded in 1932 as American entrepreneur Mortimer Raycraft left New York after the Wall Street Crash of 1929. With his remaining fortunes that he had made over the previous decade he started his hotel on the island of San Gerardo in the then modest town of Siccalium. The resulting invasion of the island by Italian naval forces led to the popularity of the hotel for officers and soldiers alike. After the brief period of fighting, the Raycraft Hotel became one of the few places where negotiations were held between the Italians and the locals. Mortimer Raycraft acted as an emissary between the two parties.
After the war, patronage of the hotel shifted from Italian naval officers to vacationers from Spain and Morocco. As one of the few pre-war American establishments in Siccalium its unique architectural style and New York charm led to its continued success.
|In 1950, Mortimer Raycraft commissioned a sculpture from local artist, Sebastian Arteaga for the lobby of the hotel. The resulting work was known as Metaphysica, which now as then sits behind the main desk in the lobby of the hotel.
Today, the hotel still operates at the edge of St. Bartholomews and is owned by Raycraft's successor and son, Damien. A touch of New York, a hint of Art Deco, and the seeds of the city, are all phrases that have been used to describe the hotel and its importance to the development of the city as a popular vacation destination and as a world class city.
|St. Bartholomew's Anglican Church, the parish that gave the neighborhood its namesake.|
Author's Note: More picture's to come... possibly.