David Baker Architects

Hotel Sebastopol

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Aerial view from the southwest. Image: David Baker Architects

The City of Sebastopol gave final approval to this plan on January 18, 2017, after more than two years of challenging—but valuable—public process. We're looking forward to making it real.

This creative boutique inn will offer the town of Sebastopol 66 guest rooms as well as neighborhood retail, artist studios, a restaurant and bar, a wellness center, and other hotel amenties. 

The fine-grained massing responds to the scale of the town. From the tallest point—across from the prominent Rialto Cinema—the building steps down two stories towards the south corner, reflecting the height of the neighboring building and allowing maximum sunlight into the public courtyard.

The main courtyard will provide public seating and gathering spots, then cede to private gardens that offer an intimate sheltered space for the pool and wellness center. 

Designed with feedback from the community, the materials will reference the local natural palette and rely on environmentally sustainable materials.  Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified redwood siding, textured concrete, and weathering steel will create a rich backdrop for climbing vines.

Rich native landcaping enlivens the public courtyard, private gardens, roof decks, green roofs, and street plantings. Drought-tolerant plantings will be maintained with rainwater collected on site and low-water drip irrigation, and a hardscape of permeable pavers will help manage runoff. The design provides for 92 valet parking spaces on a nearby lot. 

Taking a sustainable approach to construction and operations from the outset, the plan includes solar roof panels to pre-heat domestic hot water, storm-water collection and management strategies, and renewable and reused materials. The project goal is to achieve LEED-NC certification.

Bird's-eye view from the south. Image: David Baker Architects

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Corner of McKinley and Brown streets. Image: David Baker Architects

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Petaluma Plaza. Image: David Baker Architects

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Hotels, LEED, On the Boards


Sebastopol, California


David Baker Architects