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Aurora in Kane County, Illinois — The American Midwest (Great Lakes)
 

Leland Hotel

1928

 
 
Leland Hotel Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., April 7, 2016
1. Leland Hotel Marker
Inscription.

This property has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places by the United States Department of the Interior.

Designed by Anker Sveere Graven and Arthur Guy Mayger in 1928, it was the tallest building in Illinois outside of Chicago. In addition to being a first-class hotel, it became an important entertainment center. In the 1930's it was the recording studio for some of the most influential Blues musicians in the Golden Age of Blues Recording. This plaque honors this historic building, and these artists.

John Lee "Sonny Boy" Williamson
Harmonica Legend

Big Bill Broonzy
Guitar/Singer

Hudson "Tampa Red" Whittaker
The Guitar Wizard

Yank Rachell
Mandolin

"Robert Night Hawk"
Robert Lee McCoy
Guitar

Bill "Jazz" Gillam
Harmonica

Big Joe Williams
Guitar

Washboard Sam
Washboard

Lester Melrose
Producer


 
Location. 41° 45.482′ N, 88° 18.921′ W. Marker is in Aurora, Illinois, in Kane County. Marker is at the intersection of Stolp Avenue and Galena Boulevard, on the right when traveling south on Stolp Avenue. Click for map. Marker and hotel are on Stolp Island in the Fox River. Marker is at or near this postal address: 7 South Stolp Avenue, Aurora IL 60506, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers.
Leland Hotel image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr.
2. Leland Hotel
At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Aurora Hotel Leland Hotel (within shouting distance of this marker); Paramount Theatre (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Aurora Silverplate Manufacturing Co. (about 300 feet away); Joseph and Samuel McCarty (about 600 feet away); German-American Bank Building American National Bank (about 700 feet away); BPO Elk's Club Building (about 700 feet away); Aurora National Bank Building (about 800 feet away); Aurora Vietnam Veteran Memorial (approx. 0.4 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Aurora.
 
Also see . . .
1. Stolp Island National Register Historic District. (Submitted on April 26, 2016, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. Aurora Blues History. (Submitted on April 26, 2016, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
3. Dr. John Teaches About Us About Music. (Submitted on April 26, 2016, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
4. "Blues" in the Encyclopedia of Chicago. (Submitted on April 26, 2016, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
Categories. Arts, Letters, MusicEntertainmentMan-Made Features
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 116 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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