The Hotel Niagara
The Hotel Niagara, June 2009
|Location||201 Rainbow Blvd., Niagara Falls, New York|
|Architect||Esenwein and Johnson of Buffalo, NY; Wright and Kremers, Niagara Falls|
|Architectural style||Late 19th and 20th Century Revivals|
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|Added to NRHP||December 5, 2008|
At 12 stories, it was designed by noted Buffalo architects Esenwein and Johnson and considered a skyscraper when it was built between 1923 and 1925. Located 1/4 mile from the Horsehoe Falls, it is one block from the Seneca Niagara Casino. It has nearly 200 guest rooms as well as convention facilities. Over time it has been known by various names including The Hotel Niagara; John's Niagara Hotel; Park's Inn; International; Days Inn-Falls View; and Travelodge Niagara Falls.
The property closed for renovations in 2007, which never took place. In 2010, the property was foreclosed by the State Bank of Texas, which expressed no interest in ownership, after the owners, Amidee Hotels & Resorts, abandoned the property and allowed it to fall into foreclosure after their parent company, Amidee Capital Group, LLC, filed for Chapter 11 Bankruptcy. The building was condemned by the Niagara Falls Department of Code Enforcement after the heating system failed, which caused water pipes in the building to burst. The city shut off the water when that happened, leaving the building without running water or a functional fire sprinkler system, which constitutes several code violations.
In April 2011, the property was sold at a foreclosure auction for $1,250,000 to Jamil Kara, a developer from Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. He told the Niagara Falls, N.Y. Gazette that he planned to convert the building into a five-star hotel and condominium.
In September 2011, the hotel changed hands once again after Toronto developer Harry Stinson arranged to buy the building from Kara for an undisclosed amount. Stinson announced that he plans to bring the hotel back to its original look with an emphasis on 1920s design with a few new added facilities. His company, Stinson Developments, had estimated that they would finish by summer 2013. As of early 2014 it is still closed and work is incomplete.
- "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2009-03-13.
- The Niagara Gazette Buyer eyes hotel, condominiums for Hotel Niagara. Scheer, Mark, 26 April 2011