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Lafayette | by Mike Tewkesbury
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Lafayette

The Bellvue Hotel was built in 1892 where the Lafayette Hotel stands today. It was 4 stories tall, had 55 steam heated rooms, a bar, a call bell system in every room and advertised hot and cold baths. The Bellvue was destroyed by fire on 26 April 1916.

The Lafayette Hotel, built by Marietta businessmen, opened on 1 July 1918, and was incorporated as the Marietta Hotel Company which owned the original building, additions, and real estate. An interesting bit of information is that the elevator shaft is visible because the original redesign called for the addition of another floor but never built.

The hotel draws its name from the visit in 1825 of the Marquis de Lafayette, French hero of the American Revolution.

I took this shot of the old hotel around the closing of the Ohio River Sternwheel Festival. It is typically a difficult building to photograph because of the utility lines that surround it. Removing them was like working a puzzle.

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Taken on September 9, 2009