Beautiful building on Bloomington's square

Graham Hotel, Bloomington
Pentax K10D, 28-80mm F3.5-4.7 SMC Pentax-FA

While Dawn and I were on our road trip in October, we stopped in Bloomington for lunch. Walking around the square looking for a good restaurant, I photographed this lovely building. This appears to be the common angle at which the building has been photographed since 1929, when it was completed. If you search for it on Google, you’ll find postcards going back decades of the building in just this orientation.


6 responses to “single frame: Graham Hotel, Bloomington”

  1. Heide Avatar

    What a beautiful building! How wonderful that the owners (and the city of Bloomington, too) had the sense to keep it in such good shape. In Minneapolis they’re finally coming to their senses also and preserving some of these venerable old structures — but only after razing dozens of others and forever changing the character of downtown.

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      A lot of downtowns went through that. My hometown of South Bend sure did. I remember lots of holes in the ground where buildings once stood.

  2. Dan Cluley Avatar
    Dan Cluley

    I don’t remember the name, but have seen a number of pictures of a similar hotel in South Bend that was the end of the line for the South Shore trains.

    The former Olds Hotel in Lansing was saved when it was repurposed as a State office building in the 1990s

    1. Jim Grey Avatar

      Perhaps you mean the Oliver Hotel. It was shorter but had some similar features.

      1. Dan Cluley Avatar
        Dan Cluley

        Did a little digging, and the one I was thinking of is the LaSalle. Which seems to have been converted to apartments a few years ago.

        1. Jim Grey Avatar

          Ah yes, the LaSalle! It has undergone a renovation recently.

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