Monday, March 7, 2011

Project365: Day 63 - Hotel Randolph

Day 63 - Hotel Randolph, originally uploaded by Tim Bungert.

The Hotel Randolph was once one of the premier establishments of Des Moines' "Hotel Row." The building is now used for weekly-paid low rent housing. The main lobby was decorated with white marble floors and green marble stair trim. That area is now a laundry room.

The Randolph Hotel originally occupied only the taller building shown. Its shorter neighbor, with the beautiful arched windows on its top floor, is the Earle and LeBosquet Block. This shorter building and the one around the corner past the Hotel Randolph are now inter-connected on the interior.

It's been a long time since that Hotel Randolph sign has been lit, but with long exposure and a little help from my MagLite I was able to give a little life back to it.

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