Graemere Hotel

Graemere postcard

The Graemere Hotel was a West Side landmark. Located on the northeast corner of Homan Avenue and Washington Boulevard, across from Garfield Park, the building was designed by Walter W. Ahlschlager. The architect specialized in large residential hotels. Among his other Chicago works were the Webster, the Parkway, the Sovereign, and the Sheridan Plaza.

The Graemere opened in 1923.  The hotel soon became a favorite venue for weddings, bar mitzvahs, and other social gatherings. Wealthy people who enjoyed the convenience of hotel living became permanent residents. The most prominent of these was longtime West Side congressman Adolph Sabath.

Graemere Hotel (1975)

The East Garfield Park neighborhood declined in the decade after World War II. By the time I took the 1975 photo the Graemere had been vacant for years. Plans to convert the hotel to low-income housing never became reality, and the building was demolished in 1977.




1 Response to “Graemere Hotel”

  1. 1 Bonnie Mangan October 10, 2016 at 6:38 pm

    A relative worked as a hostess at the Graemere Hotel in 1940. She died that year on her way home to see her folks. Her name was Helen Lucille Butcher. Would love to know something about her at that time.

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