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Hotel State College

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By Devry Becker Jones, May 31, 2019
1. Hotel State College Marker
Inscription.  For more than a century, the Hotel State College was the first stopping place for new arrivals to State College. The hotel's history began around 1857 with construction by State College's first resident, Benard McClain of Bellefonte, of a frame dwelling. Room rentals began in the early 1860s, when James Jack of Philadelphia opened what was called Jack's Road House. In 1864, his establishment was registered as the Agricultural College Hotel.

The village's first telephone and telegraph were installed here in 1885. At the start of the hotel's life as The Nittany Inn (1906-1922), it became a four-story brick structure with a "commodious porch;" the original two story hotel was incorporated, having been moved to the south, raised, and encased in brick Businesses of every sort—from bowling and billiards to the State College Federal Savings & Loan—have been in this hotel, whose ownership changed hands several times. The 1939 photograph above shows one of its architectural styles: Queen Anne. An early 1900s business, the Co-operative Book Store, gave this corner its nickname: "Co-op Corner." The Corner Room restaurant arrived in
Hotel State College Marker image. Click for full size.
By Devry Becker Jones, May 31, 2019
2. Hotel State College Marker
1926 with new hotel owners Claude Aikens, R.J. Kennard, and Marlin "Matty" Mateer, manager until 1971. Almost immediately, "The Corner-Unusual" was the place to be, just as into the 1930s, the Hotel State College was the place to stay.

Unique to the Borough, the Hotel State College has come to symbolize State College itself.
 
Erected by Downtown State College; Penn State Alumni Association.
 
Location. 40° 47.658′ N, 77° 51.695′ W. Marker is in State College, Pennsylvania, in Centre County. Marker is at the intersection of West College Avenue and West College Avenue (Pennsylvania Route 26), on the right when traveling south on West College Avenue. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 100 West College Avenue, State College PA 16801, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Campus View Apartments/Schlow Building (within shouting distance of this marker); The Bent of Tau Beta Pi (within shouting distance of this marker); Old Engineering (within shouting distance of this marker); American Elms (within shouting distance of this marker); Industry Research (within shouting distance of this marker); Diesel Engineering (within shouting distance of this marker);
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The State Theatre (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Pattee Mall American Elms (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in State College.
 
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 2, 2019. This page originally submitted on June 2, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 56 times since then. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on June 2, 2019, by Devry Becker Jones of Washington, District of Columbia.
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