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LaFontaine Center

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Identification

LaFontaine Center
Hotel LaFontaine, LaFontaine Hotel
222762

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Structure in General

low-rise building
existing [completed]
concrete
brick
applied masonry
beaux-arts / historism

Usages

senior living

Facts

  • The building, initially a hotel, was in its day an attraction for the rich and famous due to its elegance and lavish furnishings.
  • The once lavish hotel fell into hard times and was closed in 1974.
  • Upon closing, the building was subject to vandalism and extreme decay, and its demolition was heavily considered.
  • Members of the Huntington Art Guild have duplicated the original stenciling of the building's lobby, which resembles a Spanish courtyard.
  • In its glory days, the grand hotel was visited by famous guests such as Ronald Coleman, Betty Hutton, Amelia Earhart, John Dillinger, and annually by Henry Ford.
  • The building's first floor is available to the public, often holding group luncheons and events.
  • The building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
  • Four six-ton steel girders span the floor immediately above the swimming pool.
  • The building's covered entry roof is cantilevered several feet over the main entrance.
  • World championship swim meets were held at the building's Egyptian Swimming Pool, which upon being built was the largest of its kind in any commercial hotel.

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Location

200-208 West State Street
30-46 West Franklin Street, 311-321 Cherry Street
208 West State Street
46750
Huntington
Indiana
U.S.A.

Technical Data

73.18 ft
6
1
1925

Involved Companies

Robert W. Stevens

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