14 Jul The Vendome
Robert Anderson is a life-long resident of San Mateo, and spent many years as a local police officer.
Every time I walk past the Vendome building at 415 Second Avenue, I think of the storied history of the structure. It was originally built as a hotel in 1896, just two years after San Mateo was incorporated as a city, and served stagecoach passengers who visited the downtown area. When cars became the primary mode of transportation, the Vendome transitioned from a hotel into a rooming house for low income residents. Over the years it fell into disrepair, but was given a new life when the City of San Mateo bought the building in 2007 and completely renovated the interior. I was a member of the San Mateo Homeless Outreach Team at the time and fondly recall when the Vendome transitioned into long-term apartments for homeless individuals who previously lived on the streets in Downtown San Mateo. Today 16 formerly homeless individuals are tenants and call the Vendome home. LifeMoves now manages the Vendome, and the current residents take great pride in their new home.