Posts Tagged ‘hotel’

Ever wonder what became of the buildings on old vintage postcards?  Are you curious to know if they still stand?  In my previous blog post, I showed two historic buildings in Natchez, MO – The Briers and Arlington .  I continue my series of blog posts on “then and now” old buildings pictured on vintage postcards with the below hotels.

The Elms Hotel, Excelsior Springs, MO Then …..



1948 Linen Postcard


The Elms Hotel Now …..


The Elms Hotel was originally built in 1888, rebuilt in 1909 after a fire, and rebuilt again in 1912 after yet another fire.  It is listed on the National Register of Historic places.  Why?  One reason was due to a notoriously famous guest that stayed there during prohibition – Al Capone.  Another was because President  Harry S. Truman holed up there during his re-relection bid when it looked like he was loosing.  Wrong.  Aides entered his Elms Hotel room and informed Truman he had actually won the presidential election.  Wow.  There are of course other historical reason for The Elms Hotel being on the national register.  If you’d like to read a more comprehensive history of this hotel, visit  Legends of America, Missouri – Elms Hotel .

The Durant Hotel, Fling, MI Then …..

Durant Hotel Linen Postcard

1940 Linen Postcard

The Durant Hotel Now …..

Durant Hotel Now

The Durant Hotel was built in 1920, and named after William Durant, founder of General Motors.  It’s been vacant since 1973, but plans were announced in 2008 to turn it into a 93 unit apartment building.

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Radisson Hotel Advertising Postcard

Today’s venture into history will be a tour of the downtown Hotel Radisson, Minneapolis.  Our tour begins with the death of Albert Johnson.  Who is Albert Johnson?  You see, Albert owned a huge chunk of Minneapolis real estate.  It was inherited by Edna Dickerson upon his death.  She was convinced by prominent area business people to invest her inheritance (to the tune of $1.5 million) in an upscale hotel venture.  Minneapolis’ newest business was born, thanks to Albert.

Our next stop is at the infancy of the Hotel Radisson, named after Minnesota’s forgotten explorer Frenchman Pierre Esprit Radisson.  Construction began in mid-1908.  Steel sheet pilings were used; one of the first buildings in the US to use this construction method.  The Radisson’s owners were progressive thinkers for sure.

Our third stop of our tour is at the delayed opening of the downtown Radisson, Minneapolis in December, 1909.  This newly constructed, 16-story hotel was the second tallest building in Minneapolis’ skyline at the time.  The Hotel Radisson, Minneapolis included 425 rooms; most of which had bathrooms.  Yes, you read correctly.  Rooms without bathrooms cost a $1.50; with one, $2.50 (a far cry from the current $79).

This is the end of our tour.  I will leave you with some trivia about this hotel gem.  A library was off the lobby.  When the Radisson opened, it could not serve alcohol (that came later in 1911).  Lastly, 50 female staff and chefs lived in the hotel.  Sadly, the downtown Radisson Hotel, Minneapolis closed in late 1981.  It was razed in early 1982. 

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