NRHP: Blackstone Hotel

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Blackstone Hotel

Blackstone Hotel

NRHP Reference #: 85000067

NRHP Listing Date: 19850111


302 S 36th, Omaha, Douglas County, Nebraska

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The Blackstone Hotel, Omaha's most prestigious hotel following its construction in 1916, was built by the Bankers Realty Investment Company. Charles Schimmel purchased the building in 1920 and made the Blackstone a "symbol of elegance" for Omahans for half a century. Under Schimmel, the hotel published its own magazine, The Black Stonian, and maintained its own Pierce Arrow limousine which met visiting dignitaries arriving by train. The pastry shop and various dining rooms, especially the Orleans Room, were famous for fine food. The hotel represents a fine example of the Second Renaissance Revival style.

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