A little bit of history first… Beck’s Motor Lodge was built in 1958 by Bill and Francis Beck. In 1958, The Castro was far from what it is today – it was known as Eureka Valley and was a working class, Irish neighborhood. Will and Francis ran the motel with their son, Eddie, who often swept the parking lot. Rooms were renting for a mere $5 a night.
As all things do, the neighborhood began to change. By 1973, when rates were a little higher than $5 a night, Harvey Milk, The Castro’s most famous resident, began advocating for gay rights and became the first openly gay person to be elected to public office in California. His life was tragically cut short in 1978. The night after Harvey Milk was killed, a candle light vigil was held that started on Castro Street and went right past the Beck’s Motor Lodge.
For about 30 years after that, Beck’s Motor Lodge was leased out, with the Beck family having little involvement in the day to day operations.
In 2009, Eddie Beck, a man filled with great ideas, thought it was time for the Beck family to get back into the business. He went to his youngest daughter, Brittney (that’s me), and propositioned her with the idea of purchasing and managing the motel. It sounded far fetched at first, but the more we talked and the more wine we drank, we knew it would work. In May 2010, I took over the hotel. I am lucky to have many wonderful, long time employees and guest – time flies when you’re having fun! We are working every day to make the Beck’s Motor Lodge even better – come and see!