Grand Island in Hall County, Nebraska — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
This building has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places of the United States Department of the Interior. Orginally constructed to be part of the American Hotel chain for the Bankers Realty Investment Company of Omaha, the structure is recognized as a fine example of Renaissance Revival architecture and of early twentieth century high-rise design.
Construction began on the building in 1917, but due to shortages of building materials and available manpower caused by World War I, major work on the hotel ceased in 1918. Taken over and completed by Herbert Daniels of Omaha, the building was leased and opened by William Yancey in October of 1923.
The architect, Francis W. Fitzpatrick, considered an authority in his day on building construction and fire prevention, wrote numerous articles on these subjects for architectural and engineering journals. He practiced for many years in the Washington, D. C. and Chicago areas and was the head architect for Bankers Realty when he designed the Yancey.
The Yancey remains as one of the few structures from the grand hotel era in outstate Nebraska. Situated near the train depot, the hotel served the travelling salesman and traveller alike. In addition to the guest rooms, the original hotel contained a cigar stand, billiard room, sample rooms, telegraph office,
Due to changing economic conditions, modes of travel, and available room accommodations in the 1950's to the 1980's, the hotel finally ceased operation in December of 1982. The design, development and renovation of The Yancey was accomplished by The Arter Group of affiliated companies of Lincoln.
Location. 40° 55.467′ N, 98° 20.409′ W. Marker is in Grand Island, Nebraska, in Hall County. Marker is at the intersection of Locust Street and 2nd Street (U.S. 30), on the right when traveling north on Locust Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 123 North Locust Street, Grand Island NE 68801, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Federal Building (within shouting distance of this marker); Hall County Courthouse (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Fort O. K. Cannon (about 400 feet away); Civil War and Spanish-American War Memorial (about 500 feet away); Old Dodge School Martin Building (approx. 0.2 miles away); The Lincoln Memorial Highway (approx. ¼ mile away); Pioneer Park (approx. 0.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Grand Island.
Also see . . .
1. Downtown Grand Island History. (Submitted on March 5, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
2. The Yancey National Register Nomination. (Submitted on March 5, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on March 5, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 474 times since then. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on March 5, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. 5. submitted on November 15, 2015.