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Plymouth Hotel

4700-4714 N. Broadway, Chicago (Cook County)


Built 1912


The Plymouth Hotel, one of theoldest buildings in the Uptown Square National Register District, was demolished in late March 2003 as part of a development project.


The Uptown Square district was listed to LPCI 2002 Chicagoland Watch List last June and LPCI worked closely with local preservationists (Broadway


Terrace Coalition) to persuade the developer to incorporate the building in the new development. Not only did the four-story building appear to be structurally sound, our experience also shows that it was capable of being adaptively reused. Designed by architect George Kingsley, best known for the Reebie Warehouse on North Clark Street, the building was notable for its extraordinary brickwork and distinctive cream-and-green colored terra cotta ornament, which is reminiscent of a Louis Sullivan-style design.


Built as a hotel, it became the choice lodging for silent film stars working at the nearby Essanay Motion Picture Studios, one of the nation’s earliest film companies. Renamed the Uptown Hotel in 1926, it was marketed as an “apartment hotel” aimed at long-term residence but featuring hotel conveniences.















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