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The Lafayette Hotel Celebrates 70 Years

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The Lafayette Hotel in University Heights will throw a big party Friday to celebrate its 70th birthday.

Former car dealer and developer Larry Imig built the hotel in the grand colonial style in 1946. Soon after, big Hollywood stars like Bob Hope and Ava Gardner were checking in.

According to the hotel, the San Diego Chargers made it the team's first headquarters, and a scene from "Top Gun" was filmed in the ballroom.

Today, it's listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

The hotel underwent a $6 million renovation in 2012 with the help of city redevelopment funds, bringing what some call a renaissance to El Cajon Boulevard.

KPBS Midday Edition recently took a tour of the Lafayette Hotel with its general manager, Chris Wood.

KPBS Technical Director Emily Jankowski contributed to this segment.

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