Hotels 2


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18 Hotel montage



   Located on the west side of Walnut Street between 6th and 7th Streets. The hotel with 400 rooms was built in 1912 as a 10 story luxury hotel. In 1924 it had a mezzanine added between the 1st & 2nd floors and an 11th floor for a penthouse. It was converted, in 1971, to low-to-moderate income apartments. Listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2009. It is now in the process of being converted into a 160 room hotel and contemporary arts venue.

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Metropole 1 interior.jpg (103729 bytes)        Metropole Turkish Bath.jpg (382711 bytes)        Metropole 2 interior.jpg (110529 bytes)        Metropole Interior.jpg (364109 bytes)
Gentlemen's Cafe                         Turkish Baths                                 Lobby                             Dining Room/Bar


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What, Me Worry? Kid

   This iconic image first showed up in a medical textbook illustrating a boy who had gotten too much iodine in his system. It was then used by a Topeka, Kansas dentist (Painless Romine) who made advertising postcards around 1900 stating "It didn't hurt a bit". Of course it wasn't until Mad magazine made this image the magazine's mascot that he became known world wide. First named "Melvin Koznowski" he eventually became Alfred E. Neuman, after a character on the "Henry Morgan Radio Show". That character was named for real-life Alfred Newman a composer and arranger for more than 250 movies. Below are a couple of examples of the Kid.

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1906 Havlin Ad.jpg (106295 bytes)
Hotel opening-1906

Located on the s. w. corner of Vine and Opera Place. It became part of Rollman's Department Store.

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Havlin 1 interior.jpg (96597 bytes)                Hotel Havlin Quick Service Lunch Room.jpg (131480 bytes)                Havlin 2 interior.jpg (125823 bytes)
  Lobby                                 Quick Service Lunch Room                              Grill Room



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Southeast corner of 6th and Race



   When the Palace Hotel opened in 1882 the eight story structure was the tallest building in Cincinnati. It is now known as the Cincinnatian Hotel. and is located on the n. w. corner of 6th and Vine.

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Hotel around 1885

Not postcards

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              Lobby                                          1948-Before Terrace Plaza                                      Palace Today          

Palace 1.jpg (78507 bytes)        Palace Hotel-n1.jpg (227800 bytes)        Palace Hotel-Chamber of Commerce.jpg (164849 bytes)

Palace 2.jpg (96565 bytes)    Palace Hotel-ad.jpg (100631 bytes)    Palace 3.jpg (93698 bytes)    Palace 4.jpg (112661 bytes)    Palace Hotel-ae.jpg (92784 bytes)

Palace 1 vert.jpg (89341 bytes)        Palace Hotel-ab.jpg (112395 bytes)        Palace Hotel-aa.jpg (115626 bytes)        Palace 2 vert.jpg (105809 bytes)                      Palace Souvenir Menu.jpg (1020515 bytes)    Palace Souviner Menu back.jpg (333269 bytes)
                                                                                                                                                                        1892 Souvenir Menu (4th of July)

Palace 5.jpg (117547 bytes)    Cincinnatian 1.jpg (112154 bytes)    Palace Hotel-ac.jpg (81557 bytes)
Change over from the Palace to the Cincinnatian.

   The Palace Hotel was listed on the National Register of Historic Places on March 3, 1980.



Located at 33 West Seventh Street

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        Munro 1 interior.jpg (118882 bytes)        Munro 2 interior.jpg (87170 bytes)        Munro 3 interior.jpg (96057 bytes)        Munro Hotel-aa.jpg (73906 bytes)
     Restaurant                                  The Plunge                            Grill and Buffet                                          


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New Year's Morning

   I believe the last Munro card above was produced by the hotel as a gag card. It supposedly shows the results of too much partying on New Years Eve. The 1910 card is larger and heavier than a normal postcard.



  When this 340 room hotel opened in 1850 the London Illustrated News called it "the best hotel in the world". Located on the n. w. corner of 3rd and Vine it was more than twice the size of any previous Cincinnati hotel. In the nineteenth century fire was the bane of not only steamboats but also of theaters and hotels. Burnet House was made as fireproof as possible. The original structure was 5 stories high with a central dome 42 feet in diameter. There was even a separate children's dining room. There was also a mini mall on the bottom level on the 3rd street side with 8 stores. The room Abraham Lincoln stayed in on his way to his inauguration was maintained as a showplace. In 1864 Parlor A had two important occupants: General Ulysses S. Grant and William Tecumseh Sherman, as they were planning the final offensive strategy of the Civil War. This room became a sacred place for the GAR which would hold a banquet there each year. The Prince of Wales also "slept here". The names of the rich and famous go on and on (Sarah Bernhardt, Horace Greeley, Henry Clay, Daniel Webster, etc.). On January 17, 1926 this building came down to be supplanted by the Union Central Annex. There is a plaque commemorating this hotel on the corner.

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Burnet House Ad.                 1884 Envelope mailed around time of the Exposition  

   The Cincinnati Industrial Exposition ad on the back of the Burnet House envelope above is rather confusing. It makes it seem like the exposition was being held at the hotel, when it of course was not. It was just advertising the event in the hopes they would stay at the Burnet if they came. By the way the ad has the same manager's name as on the envelope so both items were in the same time frame. 

These are not postcards
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Lobby-Burnet House.jpg (693009 bytes)        Lincoln Room Burnet House.jpg (180875 bytes)
         Lobby                               Lincoln Room


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   During WWI the Burnet House had a Soldiers and Sailors club on the premises. The next seven cards show some of the activities that were held there.

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        Lunch Room                                       Piano                                                 Games                                        Assembly Hall           


Burnet House club1.jpg (83073 bytes)                Burnet House-new s and s club.jpg (148306 bytes)        Burnet House East End Rest Room.jpg (212947 bytes)
 Pool and Billiard Room                                 West End         Comfort Room        East End