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Hotel Vendome: 1900

Hotel Vendome: 1900

Boston circa 1900. "Hotel Vendome, Dartmouth Street and Commonwealth Avenue." 8x10 glass negative, Detroit Publishing Company. View full size.


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Stayed there often in the '50s and '60s

Toward the end it was pretty much run-down. The hallways were "springy" from worn-out floors. The huge rooms featured walk-in closets with clothes hooks eight feet up to accommodate ballgowns. At one time, this was the best hotel in Boston.

Still there, and mostly intact

Most of the High Victorian decoration is there, particularly on the windows. The roofline is toned down a bit, with that big front tower reduced. Still "A gift to the street."

Fire and Partial Collapse, 1972

The Hotel Vendome was the site of a tragic fire in 1972. Nine fire-fighters died. The building was restored, although altered.

In the background: the New Old South Church.

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