The Grand Hotel, on the southeast corner of Maryland and Illinois Streets, was built in the 1850s as the Mason Hotel. After a large remodeling project in 1875-76, the high-class establishment was known as the Grand Hotel. The hotel became a gathering spot for local and visiting Democrats after party leader, and future mayor, Thomas Taggart purchased the hotel in the early 1890s. Today the site is an entrance to the Circle Centre Mall.
The Grand Hotel was a six-story Second Empire style building with a mansard roof. The facility hosted many banquets and conferences and featured dining rooms, a café, a bar, a separate entrance for ladies, billiard parlors, and a barber shop with Turkish baths. After a $40,000 renovation in 1914, each room included a private bathroom.
Description of the Grand Hotel in Hyman’s Handbook of Indianapolis, 1907.
Circle Centre Mall opened on September 1995 and this corner is now an entrance to the large, urban mall. A large marquee advertising movies is above the doorway. Nordstrom closed in 2011. (Google Street View, 2009)
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