A 1960s-era motor lodge in Santa Rosa, California, is set to officially reopen in mid-January as the Astro Motel. Spearheading the makeover of the once-blighted property is the team behind The Spinster Sisters, a local restaurant led by chef/owner Liza Hinman.
The 43-key motel is being furnished with mid-century modern pieces from a half century ago, when the motel was originally built. Project participants say virtually every fixture and piece of furniture for the Astro was acquired at nationwide auctions and will be available for purchase by guests.
Other design elements for the motel have been sourced from local Sonoma County artists and craftspeople. Some examples: Headboards for the beds were made from native wood by Aborica’s Evan Shively in Marshall. Geyserville-based artisan Omar Perez created the concrete-casted sinks. Santa Rosa-based artist Todd Barricklow designed and manufactured the circuit board railings and the Astro sign. Sebastopol designer Julia Busenitz created the bed spreads.
Additionally, each year the Astro plans to commission two local muralists to create works for the motel’s north exterior wall, which faces an adjoining park.