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Blackstone Hotel

Marshall & Fox, architects

 

—1910 —

 
Blackstone Hotel Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, May 2, 2016
1. Blackstone Hotel Marker
Inscription. An outstanding example of Modern French style of Beaux-Arts Classical architecture. As one of the city's earliest luxury hotels, it became the "Hotel of Presidents," serving as host to a dozen U.S. Presidents, including Woodrow Wilson, Franklin D. Roosevelt, and John F. Kennedy. It was named for railroad magnate Timothy Blackstone, whose mansion formerly stood on the site.
 
Erected 1998 by Commission of Chicago Landmarks.
 
Marker series. This marker is included in the Chicago Landmarks marker series.
 
Location. 41° 52.393′ N, 87° 37.484′ W. Marker is in Chicago, Illinois, in Cook County. Marker is on East Balboa Avenue near South Michigan Avenue, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 66 East Balboa Avenue, Chicago IL 60605, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Crane Company Building (approx. 0.2 miles away); Auditorium Building (approx. 0.2 miles away); John A. Logan (approx. 0.2 miles away); 910 South Michigan (approx. 0.2 miles away); Fairbanks Morse & Company Building (approx.
Blackstone Hotel Entrance and Marker image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, May 2, 2016
2. Blackstone Hotel Entrance and Marker
0.2 miles away); The Donohue Building (approx. 0.2 miles away); Rowe Building (approx. ¼ mile away); The Morton Building / Hotel Blake (approx. ¼ mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Chicago.
 
More about this marker. This marker is located on the left side of the hotel entrance.
 
Also see . . .
1. Historical Timeline -- Renaissance Blackstone Hotel. 1920 – An Associated Press reporter dubs Suite 915 the “smoke filled room” when Republican leaders and party power brokers meet secretly in this room and nominate Warren G. Harding as their party’s candidate for president
1931 – Charles “Lucky” Luciano hosts the first-ever Crime Convention in the Crystal Ballroom of the Blackstone. The event was hosted with the intent of establishing a board of directors for his “National Crime Syndicate” (Submitted on May 3, 2016, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.) 

2. The Blackstone Hotel (Sheridan-Blackstone, 1950-71). National Register Inventory Form. (Submitted on November 20, 2016, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.) 
 
Categories. Notable Buildings
 
Blackstone Hotel image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, May 2, 2016
3. Blackstone Hotel
Blackstone Hotel image. Click for full size.
By Barry Swackhamer, May 2, 2016
4. Blackstone Hotel
Blackstone Hotel image. Click for full size.
Wikipedia, circa 1912
5. Blackstone Hotel
Blackstone Hotel image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, November 16, 2016
6. Blackstone Hotel
Blackstone Hotel image. Click for full size.
By Allen C. Browne, November 16, 2016
7. Blackstone Hotel
Showing the heavily modified upper stories on the east side.
The Middle Section of Michigan Avenue<br>“The Finest Street in the World” image. Click for full size.
By National Geographic, 1919
8. The Middle Section of Michigan Avenue
“The Finest Street in the World”
This photo by Kaufmann & Fabry Co. appeared in National Geographic Magazine, January and June, 1919, Vol. XXXV. The Blackstone Hotel dominates the row of “the city's best hotels” along Grant Park.
Internet Archive
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 28, 2016. This page originally submitted on May 3, 2016, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 308 times since then and 50 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on May 3, 2016, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.   6, 7, 8. submitted on November 20, 2016, by Allen C. Browne of Silver Spring, Maryland.
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