The building was developed by Edgar S. Porter, a prominent local manufacturer whose family moved to Lansing in 1860 when his father was elected Secretary of State.
The building opened as the Porter Apartments on May 1, 1918, and it's restaurant was soon turned over to the First Aid Bureau to feed those effected by the Spanish flu pandemic of 1918.
The apartment building was turned into a hotel in 1938 by Detroit resident Frank Davey, who also operated the nearby Roosevelt Hotel.
The property was bought in the early 1960's by brothers Aaron, Samuel, and William Gershenson from Detroit who purchased nearby property and built a 147-room expansion at the corner of Capitol Avenue and Lenawee Street and named it the Capitol Motor Park Hotel. It was turned back into apartment in the 1980's.
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