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Staying Power: 1900

Staying Power: 1900

Cleveland, Ohio, circa 1900. "Colonial Hotel, Prospect Avenue." Offering complimentary wi-fi if you come back in 110 years to its current incarnation as a Marriott Residence Inn. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative. View full size.

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Sign still visible

Interestingly enough, the sign "Colonial Hotel" can still be seen from Google Maps (3D mode).

Building Looks Great After 117 Years!

The building has lost a little ornamentation over the main entrance, but otherwise looks in great shape. Kudos to Marriott for keeping the building in great shape!

Just stayed here

My wife and I just stayed here last month.

Gund Brewing Company

First building to the left of the Colonial has a sign painted on the side that appears to say Gund. Did a little research to see if there was a connection to the Gund brothers who used to own the Cleveland Cavaliers. Well lo and behold it was a brewery owned by their grandfather.

527 Prospect Avenue East

Demonstrably the same building, it looks like a Marriot Crown Jewel today, although it has been drastically expanded (depth-wise, the Colonial here is not a deep hotel off the street face).

Dave, I've only ever been to Cleveland once, and that was to fly in and fly out, but now you have me wanting to go there just to see (and stay at!) this 110 year+ old hotel, one of the rare ones that DID NOT BURN. Perhaps in a few years I'll convince the wife to visit Cleveland.

News Stand

Is that a little news stand on the sidewalk directly beside it?

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