Horace Webster Pope established the Pope House hotel in 1862. From The Sidewalk Companion to Santa Cruz Architecture (2005 book):
"Horace Pope . . . was a 'young Vermont man who had had a year or so of experience in the hotel business operating the San Lorenzo House on Pacific Avenue. The burning of the San Lorenzo Hotel in 1865 and the lapse of nearly three years before the completion of the Pacific Ocean House gave Pope’s establishment a good start.' Pope died in 1881, and his widow operated the hotel with the help of their two daughters . . . the last of its buildings was torn down in 1919."
- The Sidewalk Companion to Santa Cruz Architecture (4th ed. 2023), Chapter Four, item (52), page 110.