History of the Red Victorian
The Red Victorian is a historic building, built in 1904 as The Jefferson Hotel.
In 1967, it became the Jeffrey Haight during the Summer of Love.
It was purchased in 1973 by artist Sami Sunchild, who named it The Red Victorian, decorated every room, and used the space to create her vision of people from all over the world coming together to talk about peace. She ran the space as a bed and breakfast until 2013, when she passed away and left the building to her non-profit, The Peaceful World Foundation.
From Wikipedia: 'In 1977, Dr. Sami Sunchild, environmental artist and social activist, acquired the building, painted the Victorian facade red and named it the "Red Victorian". She intended the business to embody the ideas of the area, including the peace movement, the environmental movement, the cooperative community movement, and the social justice movement. Until her death in 2013, Dr. Sunchild hosted World Peace Conversations every Sunday morning. Of the conversations, she said, "As part of a movement to restore the lost art of conversation, Peaceful World Conversations bring people together to talk about topics that matter in their own lives and in the world as a whole. Dr. Sunchild's hotel was also known for the themed, unique guest room designs such as the "Summer of Love" room, the "Flower Children" room, and the "Peacock" room with eclectic, themed decor."
In 2014, Jessy Kate Schingler established the Red Victorian, LLC and took over management of the Red Victorian from Dr. Sunchild's non-profit and beneficiary of the hotel. The mission of the new 'Red Vic' is to experiment with co-living and new methods of urban community development and residential models. The Red Victorian is part of the Embassy Network, an organization that provides resources and networking to a variety of shared living spaces. The Embassy network's mission is to "provide residence and accommodations for creatives, professionals and modern nomads traveling the globe for projects and collaboration" and to "facilitate affordable stays in vibrant communities where members can plug into a lively culture and work together to create a dynamic environment of events, activities and intentional pursuits." The Embassy Network is an LLC owned by a non-profit, District Commons.
Jessy Kate Schingler and the Embassy Network are actively working with other organizations to redefine modern, urban live and work models, such as Office Nomads in Seattle, The Haiti Communitere in Port-au-Prince and Open Door in San Francisco.
We are currently an LLC, owned by a non-profit and our goal is experimental place-making and governance, whilst focusing on making real changes in the world. Look at the commons based projects page for some of our work!
The Great Room at the Red Victorian in it's previous incarnation as a cafe and art gallery
Some of the guest rooms when the Red Victorian was primarily a hotel