Bigelow-Ben Lomond Hotel

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Bigelow–Ben Lomond Hotel
Ben lomond hotel ogden utah.jpg
Ben Lomond Suites Historic Hotel
Bigelow-Ben Lomond Hotel is located in Utah
Bigelow-Ben Lomond Hotel
Location 2510 Washington Blvd., Ogden, Utah
Coordinates 41°13′14″N 111°58′10″W / 41.22056°N 111.96944°W / 41.22056; -111.96944Coordinates: 41°13′14″N 111°58′10″W / 41.22056°N 111.96944°W / 41.22056; -111.96944
Area 1.6 acres (0.65 ha)
Built 1927
Architect Hodgson & McClenahan; Whitmeyer,George & Sons
Architectural style Late 19th And 20th Century Revivals, Italian Renaissance
Governing body Private
NRHP Reference # 90000637[1]
Added to NRHP April 19, 1990

The Bigelow Hotel is a historic hotel located at 2510 Washington Blvd. in Ogden, Utah, United States. It has also been known as the Ben Lomond Hotel, Radisson Hotel and Ben Lomond Historic Suite Hotel. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1990. It is notable for its Italian Renaissance Revival architectural significance and as the setting of historical events.[2] The hotel is currently operating under the name Ben Lomond Suites and is a member of Choice Hotels' Ascend Collection.

History[edit]

The Bigelow Hotel was constructed in 1927. The building is located on the southeast corner of Washington Boulevard and Historic 25th Street in Ogden, Utah. It achieved, and has held, the distinction of the largest hotel in the city of Ogden from the time of its construction. It is considered one of three "grand hotels" in Utah. The other two hotels are the former Hotel Utah and the now-demolished Newhouse Hotel.[3]

On the site of the Bigelow previously stood another hotel, the five-story Reed Hotel (1891). A. Peery, a local businessman, decided to build a modern hotel in its place. A corporation with 300 shareholders was organized for the funding and management of the project. The hotel was originally named for local banker Archie P. Bigelow.

The architectural firm of Hodgson & McClenahan, notable for other fine works in Ogden, was hired to draw plans for the hotel. Other projects done by this firm include Peery's Egyptian Theatre, Ogden High School, Ogden/Weber Municipal Building, the Regional Forest Service Building, Stock Exchange Building and several Prairie School residences in the Eccles Avenue Historic District.

The construction cost for the building has been stated at $1,250,000 in 1927.

Significance[edit]

It is a fine example of the Italian Renaissance Revival style, common in the 1920s, but unusual for Utah. The building stands as a prime example of the growth and economic development in Ogden during that decade. The exterior was finished in a terra cotta style, highly ornamented, especially on the sides that face 25th Street and Washington Boulevard.

Inside, themes ranged from an Arabic-style coffee shop to a Florentine Palace ballroom. A meeting room for businessmen's clubs offered a touch of old Spain, while the English Room used old wood paneling influenced by a room in Bromley Castle, England. The Georgian Room was decorated in Adamesque style, but the Shakespeare Room, with murals painted by local artist LeConte Stewart, was the jewel of the Hotel.

The Hotel gained national attention when, in 1928, it played host to the Western Democrats convention. The Western States "Smith for President" campaign signaled to Democratic leaders that Alfred E. Smith would be a force in the presidential election of 1928. This event was covered in the October 3, 1927 issue of Time.

Marriner S. Eccles acquired the Bigelow Hotel in 1933 and renamed it the Ben Lomond Hotel.[3] It remained a functional hotel for more than 40 years. Several owners, including Weber County, have used it for different purposes, including offices. Radisson purchased the hotel in the 1980s and refurbished it.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2009-03-13. 
  2. ^ Roberts, Allen D. (November 14, 1989). "National Register of Historic Places Nomination: Bigelow–Ben Lomond Hotel" (PDF). National Park Service.  "Accompanying 6 photos, from 1990" (PDF). National Register of Historic Places Inventory. 
  3. ^ a b Preservation Office, Utah Division of State History (September 1995). "Ogden's "Grand Hotel"—the Bigelow—Preserves a Historic Area". History Blazer. Archived from the original on 24 June 2008. Retrieved 2008-06-12. 

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