Abandoned Hotel - The Hotel Stratford Alton, IL - Abandoned Mississippi River

submitted by DerelictDoug on 11/09/19 1

The Hotel Stratford is a historic; yet abandoned hotel in Alton, Illinois. It opened in 1909 under the name the Illini Hotel. St. Louis architectural firm Barnett, Haynes & Barnett designed the hotel in the Classical Revival style. The came up with this gorgeous five-story brick building. On which features brick quoins, limestone bands, sweeping window sills, view of the Mississippi and terra cotta-ornamentation. One year after opening the hotel opened a rooftop garden and a reception room. By 1912 it became one of the hotels which drew many visitors to Alton; a contemporary newspaper account described the building as part of the "greatest improvement in property in the city of Alton". In 1925, new owner E. J. Lockyer renamed the hotel to its current name. This decision was largely influenced by the new owner's love for everything Shakespeare. Like most owner-operated hotels, it experienced a slowing of business through the 1960s and 1980s. During this period, several of the hotel's floors were closed; while others were rented out to businesses. Though by 1990 the hotel had started to crumble and was no longer the place to be seen, the Hotel Stratford was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2000. At this point, only one floor remained open, with 12 rooms available for guest use. Also at this time, it was prominently featured in a major motion picture; “The Big Brass Ring”. However; it was featured as a run-down hotel in the film. After more than 100 years, in 2011; the historic Hotel Stratford closed its doors on Halloween (Oct. 31, 2011). Over the century of use, the hotel served as a restaurant, bar, banquet center and home for several long-term residents. The current owner, Bill Moyer; said there still are two permanent residents at the hotel, and they are finding new places to live. A few street-level businesses below the hotel, including Edward Jones, the Sierra Club, and WBGZ Radio, still operate after the hotel's closure. Moyer said he plans to prepare the structure for "hibernation" in the hopes that he someday will be able to fulfill his dream of renovating the building to its former glory. Let’s hope Bill can make this happen before it’s too late. For me, the strangest thing is the radio station still broadcasting from the basement, WBGZ. It’s a local news channel, operated by a group of residents. I’ve found myself listening to their live stream while thinking of my visits to this haunting hotel. User WBDE Said: The Alton Box Board Co. maintained a large room at the Hotel Stratford for out-of-town guests and for off-site meetings. He enjoyed the opportunities he had to visit. The food was very good and the hotel was clean and nice. He went on to say, "Alton has been in decline for many years and I cannot see the need for a hotel at this location". View More Images and See Extended Content Here: www.derelictdoug.net/derelict-doug-blog/abandoned-hotel-the-hotel-stratford-alton-il Keep Up-To-Date with Me Here: derelictdoug.net Or Follow Me On Twitter: twitter.com/Derlict_doug

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