United Hotels Company of America

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United Hotels Company of America
Public
Industry Hotels
Founded 1910
Defunct 1945
Headquarters Niagara Falls, New York U.S.
Number of locations
60+ (at peak)
Area served
United States, Canada, Caribbean
Key people
Frank A. Dudley

United Hotels Company of America, also known as United Hotels Company, was a chain of upscale hotels in the United States. The company was headquartered in Niagara Falls, New York, with administrative offices in New York City.[1] The company was founded in 1910 by Frank A. Dudley and by the 1930s, the company was "the largest hotel group in the world under one control."[2][3]

History[edit]

The "United Hotels Company" was founded in 1910 and incorporated in the state of New York by Frank A. Dudley and F. W. Rockwell.[3] On February 16, 1917, the company reorganized as "United Hotels Company of America" and was incorporated in the state of Delaware.[4]

The built and operated "first class fire proof hotels" in the more important cities of the United States and Canada. The strategy of the United Hotels Co. was to control 51% or more of the stock of all of its subsidiary operating companies (with certain exceptions, such as "The Onondaga Co.", where 90% of the stock was controlled by the officers of the United Hotels Co.). All of the companies operated the hotels under leases (except King Edward Hotel Co. Ltd., Clifton Co. Ltd., and Mount Royal Hotel Co. Ltd.). The United Hotels Co. owned substantial interests in the company stocks of the real estate companies whose hotels are leased to the operating companies.[4]

Under the direction of hotelier and president Frank A. Dudley, the company eventually grew to become one of North America’s premier hotel companies, operating some of the finest hotels across the United States and Canada. By 1922, the company was operating 18 hotels and that number grew to 25 hotels in 1928.[3]

"United Hotels Company of America" Stock Certificate

By the 1930s, and with the onset of the Great Depression, the company was forced into receivership in November 1933, but it managed to reorganize in May 1934. The earnings of the individual hotels had shrunk by such a percent in the preceding four years that 80% of mortgages were in default, and in some cases, taxes and interest on first mortgages were unpaid.[1] Continuing under Frank A. Dudley, the newly organized "United Hotels Co. of America" was once again incorporated in New York with headquarters in the United Office Building[5] in Niagara Falls.[1] At that time, the company was also affiliated with the "American Hotels Corporation" chain, making it "the largest hotel group in the world under one control."[2][3]

When Dudley, who was president of "United Hotels Company of America", vice-president of "American Hotels Corporation", and president or vice-president of 24 subsidiary hotel companies, died on September 21, 1945 at the age of 81, the hotel chain was managing 60 hotels.[3] After his death, many of the company's hotels were acquired by other hotel chains, such as the Hilton Hotel.[6]

Company timeline[edit]

  • 1910 - The "United Hotels Company" was founded and in incorporated in the state of New York.
  • 1917 - The "United Hotels Company" was reorganized as the "United Hotels Company of America" in the state of Delaware
  • 1922 - Operating 18 hotels[2]
  • 1928 - Operating 25 hotels
  • 1933 - The Company was forced into receivership in November[1]
  • 1934 - The Company was reorganized as the "United Hotels Co. of America", once again incorporated in New York with headquarters in Niagara Falls, N.Y..
  • 1945 - Operating 60 hotels.[3] Frank A. Dudley died on September 21, at the age of 81.[3] After Dudley's death, many of the company's hotels were acquired by other hotel chains, including Hilton Hotels.[6]

Gallery of former properties[edit]

Properties[edit]

Domestic[edit]

United Hotels Company Ad
United Hotels Company of America Ad

While in operation, the company operated several upscale and famous hotels in the United States, including:

International[edit]

In Canada, the company operated:

Outside the United States and Canada, the company operated:

International affiliates[edit]

The "United Hotels Company" was affiliated international with Important Hotels of U.N.I.T.I. "Unione Nazionale Industrie Turistiche Italiane" in Italy; the "Japan Hotel Association",[16] Tokyo, Japan; "United Travel and Hotel Bureau", headquarters in Paris.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t "Receivers Named for Hotel Firm" (PDF). The New York Times. November 18, 1933. Retrieved 17 October 2015. 
  2. ^ a b c "Hotel Chain Reorganizes" (PDF). The New York Times. May 3, 1934. Retrieved 17 October 2015. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o "Frank A. Dudley of United Hotels" (PDF). The New York Times. September 22, 1945. Retrieved 17 October 2015. 
  4. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v Moodys Manual of Railroads and Corporation Securities, Volumes 1-2. New York: Poor's Publishing Company. 1921. pp. 639–643. Retrieved 17 October 2015. 
  5. ^ "United Hotels Company of America". stocklobster.com. Retrieved 17 October 2015. 
  6. ^ a b Carie, Patrick. "United Hotels Co". restaurantwarecollectors.com. Retrieved 17 October 2015. 
  7. ^ "Court Approves Plan for Roosevelt Hotel; Receivers Directed to Aid Reorganization" (PDF). The New York Times. January 26, 1934. Retrieved 17 October 2015. 
  8. ^ a b c d e "New York Hotel Record, Volumes 19-20". July 26, 1921: 13. Retrieved 17 October 2015. 
  9. ^ Holland, Jeri. "Portage Hotel". akronhistory.org. Retrieved 17 October 2015. 
  10. ^ "Portage Hotel". worthpoint.com. Retrieved 17 October 2015. 
  11. ^ Chen, David W. (June 25, 1995). "Paterson Hopes Hotel's Rebirth Will Lead the City's Way". The New York Times. Retrieved 17 October 2015. 
  12. ^ "The Stacy-Trent Hotel, Trenton, New Jersey". tripod.com. Retrieved 17 October 2015. 
  13. ^ Magee, Gene (August 22, 2011). "Historic El Conquistador Hotel". Arizona Daily Star. Retrieved 17 October 2015. 
  14. ^ "Prince Edward Hotel, Windsor, Ont., Canada". uwindsor.ca. Retrieved 17 October 2015. 
  15. ^ "Admiral Beatty Hotel". historicplaces.ca. Retrieved 17 October 2015. 
  16. ^ "Japan Hotel Association". j-hotel.or.jp. Retrieved 17 October 2015.