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Hotel Cadillac: 1899

Hotel Cadillac: 1899

Detroit circa 1899. "Hotel Cadillac, Washington Boulevard." At left, the base of an electric arc lamp, part of the city's "moonlight tower" municipal lighting system. 8x10 inch dry plate glass negative. View full size.

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Cadillac to Book Cadillac to Westin Book Cadillac

The Book Brothers bought the above hotel and replaced it with the Book Cadillac, here, in 1923. It's now known as the Westin Book Cadillac and is one of the high end places to stay in downtown Detroit, with Michael Symon's Roast as THE place to dine.

Book 'em

The Hotel Cadillac may have been the top hotel in Detroit - every president between Benjamin Harrison and William Howard Taft stayed there. By the teens, though, newer hotels took over, including the Statler and Tuller.

Between 1923 and 1925, the Book brothers replaced the Hotel Cadillac with the Book Cadillac Hotel. The Book Cadillac was a great improvement in size and amenities - each room even had its own water closet! The Book Cadillac fell into ruin in the 1990s, and only escaped demolition because of the expense. After extensive renovation, it reopened in 2008.

The O.C.

Both hotel and car were named after Antoine de la Mothe Cadillac, the founder of Detroit.

Chicken or Egg?

Cadillac (auto) was Trademarked in 1902, according to wikipedia. If this is 1899, what exactly IS a "Cadillac"?

[Not what, but who. - Dave]

Took about an hour, but I did find out. Google just wanted to find me a car.

SHORPY OLD PHOTO ARCHIVE | History in HD is a vintage photo archive featuring thousands of high-definition images from the 1850s to 1960s. (Available as fine-art prints from the Shorpy Archive.) The site is named after Shorpy Higginbotham, a teenage coal miner who lived 100 years ago.

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