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Philly hotel completes renovation

Posted by Paul Kandarian  October 27, 2011 07:09 AM

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The historic Latham Hotel in Philadelphia is scheduled to unveil its multimillion dollar renovation Nov. 1, work that included redoing all rooms, lobby, restaurant, lounge spaces and operational facilities. The hotel, at 17th and Walnut streets just off Rittenhouse Square, is amid nearby landmarks such as the Liberty Bell, Philadelphia Museum of Art, Independence Mall and the National Constitution Center.

The original 138 rooms were redesigned, said officials of Ocean Properties Ltd., which owns the hotel and is headquartered in Portsmouth, N.H., with eight of them converted to suites, dropping the total room count to 130. The hotel was built as a 14-story apartment house in 1907 on the original site of the home of William Bucknell, philanthropist and founder of Bucknell University. It ran as an apartment building until the late 1960s when it was bought by investors and turned into a hotel in 1970. The building has been recognized on the National Register of Historic Places by the United States Department of Interior as one of Philly's historic treasures.

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