Thieves' Highway - Colchester Hotel
Nick accepts Rica's offer to let him use her room so he can catch up on some much-needed sleep. Below, she takes him to her hotel, the Colchester - a real hotel of that name on the edge of the Produce District at 259 Embarcadero that is no longer there. See the hotel on this Produce District map.
Then ... They pass the 263 Club at 263 Embarcadero and arrive at the hotel.
Then ... This view from one of the hotel windows looks out past the neon sign across the Embarcadero to Pier 5. A diesel engine of the State Belt Railroad is parked in front of the Wellman Peck building across Jackson Street.
... a vintage photo ... a very early undated photo shows the hotel, in the lower left corner with its rooftop 'ROOMS' billboard, also, as above, with a train pulled in front of the Wellman Peck building.
... and Now, the same view today from the tennis clubhouse towards Pier 5.
The Colchester Hotel was condemned by the city in 1954 and subsequently demolished because of structural cracks in its exterior brick walls (see the press newscopy below and a 1954 photo clearly showing cracks alongside the upper windows).