THE SPIRAL STAIRCASE ~ The Palmer House Honorable Mention, August 2013 Panoramio Contest!

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This spiral staircase is located inside the Palmer House, a famous and historic hotel in Chicago in the city's Loop area. It currently operates under the full name Palmer House - A Hilton Hotel. Three Palmer House hotels have been sited at the corner of State and Monroe streets in Chicago. The first (known as "The Palmer") was built as a wedding present from Potter Palmer to his bride Bertha Honoré. It opened on September 26, 1871, but burned down just 13 days later on October 9, 1871 in the Great Chicago Fire. Palmer immediately set to work rebuilding, and with a $1.7 million signature loan (believed to be the largest individual loan ever secured at that time), constructed one of the fanciest hotels worldwide in postfire Chicago. Designed by architect John M. Van Osdel, the second Palmer House Hotel was seven stories. Its amenities included oversized rooms, luxurious decor, and sumptuous meals served in grand style. The floor of its barber shop was reputedly tiled with silver dollars. Constructed mainly of iron and brick, the hotel was widely advertised as, "The World's Only Fire Proof Hotel." Famous visitors included presidential hopefuls James Garfield, Grover Cleveland, Ulysses S. Grant, William Jennings Bryan, and William McKinley; writers Mark Twain, L. Frank Baum, and Oscar Wilde; and actresses Sarah Bernhardt and Eleonora Duse. It was completed in 1875. By the 1920s, the business in downtown Chicago could support a much larger facility, and the Palmer Estate decided to erect a new 25-story hotel. They hired Holabird & Roche to design the building. Between 1923 and 1925, the hotel was rebuilt on the same site — in stages so that not a single day of business was lost. At the time, it was touted as the largest hotel in the world. In December 1945, Conrad Hilton bought the Palmer House for $20 million and it was thereafter known as The Palmer House Hilton. In 2005, it was sold to Thor Equities, but it remains part of the Hilton chain. From 2007 to 2009, the hotel was completely renovated and restored by the architecture firm Loebl Schlossman & Hackl and the design firm Forrest Perkins. The total cost was over $170 million. The hotel has a total of 1,639 guest rooms, making it the second-largest hotel in the city after the Hyatt Regency Chicago.

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Comments (260)

neil.gilmour on December 4, 2013

Beautiful image! It deserves an award. LIKE Neil

~Marlene~ on December 7, 2013

Thank you so much Neil for the lovely comment and the Like. I appreciate it and your visit very much!

Best wishes, Marlene

all_mir on December 8, 2013

Very nice!

~Marlene~ on December 10, 2013

Thank you so much, all_mir, for the nice comment and your visit. Both are much appreciated!

Best wishes, Marlene

Gabor Retei on December 14, 2013

Congratulations Marlene for your contest prize! Best regards, Gabe

Eva Lewitus on December 14, 2013

A very special way of photographing this spiral staircase. Also thank you for the explanation. L

~Marlene~ on December 16, 2013

Thank you so much, Gabe, for for the kind words and your visit. I appreciate it very much!

Many thanks, Eva, for the lovely comment and your visit. I'm very happy that you Like it and found the history informative!

My best wishes, Marlene

Anna “Anka54” Zduńcz… on December 28, 2013

gratuluję...Like & F...pozdrawiam Anka z Mazur

~Marlene~ on December 31, 2013

Thank you so very much, Anka Mazur, for your kind words and your visit. I'm honored by the YSL!

Best wishes & Happy New Year, Marlene

cjlin on January 24, 2014

Hello Marlene please accept my late congratuation to you for this awarded photo in August 2013. Have a wonderful weekend. cjlin

~Marlene~ on January 25, 2014

Thank you so much, Cjlin… I glad accept congratulations at any time! :-)

Best wishes, Marlene

dziwnowik on March 10


Ronald Larsen on June 11

Wonderful photo! YSL Friendly greetings from Florida, Ron

~Marlene~ on June 12

Thank you so much, Ron, for the wonderful comment and the YSL. Both are very much appreciated!

Best wishes, Marlene

Extraordinary photography, Marlene really confused with the light the bottom of the stairs, and brilliantly displayed, only the handrail, great, my best regards. (L + F)

~Marlene~ on July 25

Hello theSergeant Gonzalez! I did not mean to confuse you. The light is at the top of the stairs as I was looking up, not down! :-) Many thanks for the L+F… I am honored and very appreciative!

Best wishes, Marlene

coloradojak on July 29

Beautiful. Smooth as silk. Like & Fav!

Super! YS 93--AnaM

ranssom on August 3

Superb! A very big like.

Best regards, Dimitris

~Marlene~ on August 4

JAK… AnaM… and… Dimitris…

Thank you all so much for the gracious comments and the Likes. I am honored by the Y*s and your visits!

Best wishes, Marlene

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Photo taken in Chicago Loop, Chicago, IL, USA
Palmer House A Hilton Hotel

This photo was taken indoors

Photo details

  • Uploaded on August 8, 2013
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    by ~Marlene~
    • Camera: Canon PowerShot SX30 IS
    • Taken on 2013/08/03 16:20:25