Monday, March 1, 2010

Edgewater Beach Hotel, Chicago

The Edgewater Hotel opened in 1916. It was designed by the firm of Marshall and Fox, and was owned by John Tobin Connery and James Patrick Connery. The Edgewater had a private beach on Lake Michigan with its own seaplane service. Cut off from the beach when Lakeshore Drive was extended from Foster Ave. to Bryn Mawr Ave. it quickly lost business and closed in 1967. It was torn down soon after. The Edgewater and the Marine Dining Room was a major venue for the big bands of the thirties and forties. The Edgewater had its own radio station, WEBH. Popular with movie stars, it was also the hotel used by Franklin Roosevelt and Dwight Eisenhower on Presidential visits to Chicago. Stamped on the back cover, "NO. 2136." Written on the inside cover, "With love, Bernice." This is the only souvenir folder I have in the collection that is large enough for an 8x10 print.

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