So the Divine Lorraine Hotel has been a mammoth presence in Philly for decades. I remember when I was in graduate school, I would drive past this structure and wonder what the experience must have been like when it was open. After researching, I was surprised to learn the rich history of this amazing, dilapidated structure.
The Divine Lorraine Hotel, also known as the Lorraine Apartments, stands at the corner of Broad Street and Fairmount Avenue in North Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Designed by architect Willis G. Hale and built between 1892 and 1894, the building originally functioned as apartments, housing some of Philadelphia’s wealthy residents. Lorraine Apartments was one of the most luxurious and best preserved late 19th-century apartment houses in Philadelphia. In 1900 the building became the Lorraine Hotel when the Metropolitan Hotel Company purchased the apartments. Later it would become the first hotel in Philadelphia to be racially integrated under Father Divine.
Read More at: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Divine_Lorraine_Hotel
You can read more about the future plans of the Divine Lorraine in this cool write up by Philadelphia Magazine: http://www.phillymag.com/foobooz/2014/07/18/divine-lorraine-will-restaurant-speakeasy/
I’ll be sure to keep you updated!