The convention map, showing major hotels and landmarks.

In October 1933, the American Public Health Association held their annual meeting/convention in Indianapolis at the Claypool Hotel. While I am sure there were many very important topics discussed at the convention, of particular interest to us now is the convention’s program. In the program, they generously provided the attendees information about the city, including a map of downtown Indianapolis showing the landmarks and major hotels, and rates for those hotels.

Here are the rates for the convention hotels–not all of the above hotels are listed, nor are all the listed hotels are shown above. It was not noted whether these were special convention rates or not.

1933 Indianapolis Hotel rates

The fancier or newer hotels–Antlers, Claypool, Lincoln, Lockerbie, Severin, and Spink Arms (later known as the Continental)–offered only rooms with baths. Note that the advertised rates of many Indianapolis hotels in 1890 were $1 and $2 per day, but of course, in 1890 the hotels nearly all included some meals.

A few of these hotel buildings have survived the past 78 years…

  • Hotel Michigan (#10 on the map) is now a law office.
  • Spink Hotel (#22) is now home to Ike and Jonesy’s.
  • Harrison Hotel (#14) is now an office building.
  • Hotel Washington (#40) is now an office building (I think).
  • Hotel Lockerbie (#25) is now the Canterbury Hotel.
  • Hotel Severin (#23) is now the Omni-Severin Hotel.
  • The Spink Arms (410 N Meridian Street) became the Continental Hotel, and still goes by that name as an apartment building.
  • Sheffield Inn (956 N Pennsylvania Street) became apartments.