Saturday, June 1, 2019


My intention for this blog was to post one article per month, on the 1st of each month.  Well, you know what they say about good intentions.  I am currently working on two fascinating articles but alas, it is now June 1st and neither article is ready for publication.  So, while I am completing the articles I shall give you a little treat to tide you over until July 1st.

I wrote an article for this blog a while back about noted builder Victor C. Carlson who built many of the stately buildings that still grace the streets of Evanston, Illinois:

Victor Carlson's crowning achievement in downtown Evanston (besides the building that bears his name) is the Orrington Hotel, named after Evanston pioneer Orrington Lunt.  Here is an excerpt from my article about Carlson:

The Chicago Daily Tribune from January 21, 1923 announced the next jewel in Victor Carlson's crown: the $2,000,000, three-hundred room (each with its own bath) Orrington Hotel:

The Orrington Hotel, Evanston

The new gem of the North Shore opened for business in September of 1923 with rave reviews.  In fact, demand was so great that on April 6, 1924, Carlson announced that he would be constructing an eight story addition to the Orrington Hotel that added another ninety-eight rooms, bringing the total to 398 rooms and suites - both  furnished and unfurnished.    

The Orrington Hotel has always been a special place for my family.  My parents had their wedding reception at the Orrington in 1941 and my sister had her wedding reception at the Orrington in 1962.  Over the years I have managed to build up a little collection of Orrington Hotel memorabilia but nothing like what I am going to tell you about now.

Recently on ebay I was lucky enough to find (and be the successful high bidder on) a booklet describing all the amenities of the Orrington Hotel from 1924.  So, my gift to you for this month is a tour through the Orrington Hotel in 1924:

I am pleased to say that the Orrington Hotel is still open and is still Evanston's premiere hotel.  Of course it has changed quite a bit since 1924.  It is now part of the Hilton Hotel and Resort chain and instead of being called the Orrington Hotel it is now known as the 

"Hilton Orrington"

I hope you enjoy this look back at the Orrington Hotel as much as I did.  See you next month.