Delta Hotel

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Delta Hotel
Delta Hotel Escanaba Michigan.jpg
Delta Hotel is located in Michigan
Delta Hotel
Delta Hotel is located in the US
Delta Hotel
Location 624 Ludington St., Escanaba, Michigan
Coordinates 45°44′46″N 87°3′22″W / 45.74611°N 87.05611°W / 45.74611; -87.05611Coordinates: 45°44′46″N 87°3′22″W / 45.74611°N 87.05611°W / 45.74611; -87.05611
Area less than one acre
Built 1912
Architectural style Classical Revival
Part of Escanaba Central Historic District (#14000123)
NRHP reference # 98000350[1]
Added to NRHP April 9, 1998

The Delta Hotel, also known as the Bishop Noa Home for Senior Citizens, Hereford and Hops Restaurant and Brewpub, and the Delta Apartments, is a hotel located at 624 Ludington Street in Escanaba, Michigan. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1998.[1]

History[edit]

Escanaba in the early 1900s experienced an economic boom due to its central location in the Upper Peninsula, which created a natural transportation hub moving iron ore from railroad cars onto ships.[2] In fact, the city's population grew from 9,500 in 1900 to 14,500 in 1913.[2] At about that time, a stockholder's corporation, supported in part by local businessmen, formed to construct a new hotel in the city. The Delta Hotel opened in January, 1914, and served as Escanaba's best hotel for many years.[2] In 1922 the hotel was sold to Clyde J. Burns, an Escanaba businessman and politician.[3] Burns and his wife managed the hotel until 1957, when Burns' widow sold it to her nephew, David W. Walch.[4]

In 1962, the hotel closed, and Walch sold it to the Roman Catholic Diocese of Marquette.[5] The hotel was converted into a nursing home, known as the Bishop Noa Home for Senior Citizens, in 1962-63, at which time an addition was constructed.[2] The Bishop Noa Home moved from the building in 1992.[6] The building remained vacant for a short period, and was then purchased and renovated.[7] In 1994, the Hereford and Hops, a brewpub and restaurant, opened in first floor the building.[8] The upper floors were converted into thirty-two apartments.[9] As of 2018, the Hereford and Hops still occupied the building.

Description[edit]

The Delta Hotel is a five-story, 66 feet (20 m) high Classical Revival structure.[2] The main facades have a rusticated exterior at the first floor level, and a decorative belt resembling a cornice below the fifth-floor windows. There is paneled brickwork between the windows on the fifth floor level, and a parapet across the top that was added when the original main cornice was removed.[2] It originally had 75 hotel rooms,[4] and now has 32 apartments.[9]

The 1962–63 addition is a sand-colored brick C-shaped structure, measuring 25 feet (7.6 m) by 140 feet (43 m).[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b National Park Service (2010-07-09). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g "Delta Hotel". Michigan State Housing Development Authority: Historic Sites Online. Archived from the original on December 25, 2012. Retrieved April 13, 2012. 
  3. ^ "Clyde Burns is Candidate". Escanaba Daily Press. July 20, 1934. 
  4. ^ a b "Delta Hotel Sold for Use as Aged Home". Milwaukee Sentinel. May 4, 1962. 
  5. ^ "Hotel to Close". Milwaukee Sentinel. August 25, 1962. 
  6. ^ "Bout the Bishop Noa Home". The Bishop Noa Home. Archived from the original on January 16, 2013. Retrieved April 13, 2012. 
  7. ^ Paul Ruschmann; Maryanne Nasiatka (2006), Michigan Breweries, Stackpole Books, pp. 239–240, ISBN 0811732991 
  8. ^ Robin Shepard (2001), Wisconsin's Best Breweries and Brewpubs: Searching for the Perfect Pint, Univ of Wisconsin Press, p. 51, ISBN 0299174441 
  9. ^ a b "Escanaba Restaurants". Hunt's Guide to the Upper Peninsula. Archived from the original on September 24, 2012. Retrieved April 17, 2012. 

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