North Meridian Street has always been a popular area for housing. Have you ever noticed the gorgeous apartment building at Meridian & Vermont Streets, The Blacherne? Did you know it was built by General Lew Wallace with royalties from his book, Ben Hur? On the same block of Meridian, closer to Michigan Street once stood another apartment building, The Surray. The structures, built in 1895 and 1902 respectively, were constructed long before the apartment boom of the 1920’s would overtake a corridor farther north on Meridian.  Between these two structures, lies a younger and much larger building, the Spink-Arms Hotel.