109 N 7th St (1944)

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Grand Hotel - 1944
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Springfield Convention and Visitors Bureau - 2007
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The Grand Hotel was built in 1906 by John Fogerty then leased to the
Reisch family who ran it for several years. It was renamed The
Roosevelt Hotel in 1933…then changed back to Grand Hotel in 1938. Other
businesses on street level included New York Shoe Repair Shop, Waynes
Barber Shop, and Samuels Merchandise Co.

The building was renovated in the early 1990’s and is now home to the Springfield Convention and Visitors Bureau.

7 Comments

  1. Marie:

    I remember when it was the Grand. I was always fascinated that a hotel
    like this could exist in Springfield. It seemed too much “big city” for
    a town like Springfield.

    I have a vague recollection of a shoeshine guy with his chair and shine kit operating on the sidewalk right in front.

    While I have no complaints about what they’ve done to the lower
    level facade, something isn’t quite right. Perhaps the charm is
    missing. Or, the coziness. Or, maybe it just needs some chairs on the
    sidewalk.

  2. Jeff Kornfeld:

    My Grand parents, Patrick and Lillian Carrico, owned and operated the Grand Hotel from the late 30’s to the mid 70’s. I spent a good portion of my childhood in that hotel. They had several rooms that were joined together to make one big apartment which is where they lived. It had three bedrooms, a kitchen, living room, dining room, and family room. Two of the bedrooms had sinks, but the bathroom was in the hotel hallway which they paying guests also used. Their apartment was on the 2nd floor. The first floor was the lobby and front desk. There was a built in phone booth next to the front desk.I remember a candy and cigar display case built into the front desk. They also had a Coca Cola cooler and a Deep freezer that had ice cream products. Both were purchased at the front desk. The lobby had ceiling fans, a TV hung from the ceiling, and sofas lined the walls. There was no air conditioning so many of the guests sat in the lobby watching TV during the summer. The basement was used for storage during this time period, but there was a bar and an old Wurlitzer Jukebox down there. My Mom and Aunt and two Uncles used to have parties down there when they were in their late teens and early twenties.I have so many good memories of that hotel and downtown back then. Art Bench’s restaraunt with the curved counter, Fishmans and Cannons, Kresges and Woolworths,The Senate, The Roxy. I saw the movie “The Music Man” at the Orpheum. They tore it down not too long after that. I could write a book on downtown and the Grand Hotel during that period. It’s nice that a lot of downtown has been restored, but tearing down every movie theater is a wound that just won’t heal. Downtown was such a wonderful place back then. At least I still have my memories.

  3. My grandparents were also Patrick and Lillian Carrico. Much of my childhood was spent running around the Grand Hotel. It’s a shame that they moved the main entrance when they refurbished the building. The main entrance used to be by the alley where it says Grand Bar in tiles on the sidewalk. It is also a shame they didn’t keep the main staircase to the upper floor when they refurbished, it gave the building its character.

    There were a few guests at the hotel that became permanent tenants. There was a sweet lady we called Aunt Nellie who lived on the third floor and a gentleman named Homer who also lived there. The rooms didn’t have any kitchens so I remember Nellie cooking on her little two burner cook top.

    I also remember a switchboard behind the counter that we used to love to mess with as well as the old phone booth and the candy case where we would sneak candy. Well we thought we were sneaking it, but my Grandfather always saw us and put a dime in the cash register to pay for what we took.

    A lot of the buildings character was lost in the refurbishing, but you can’t take away the memories.

  4. Jennifer Kornfeld:

    My grandparents were also Patrick and Lillian Carrico. I have very fond memories of the Grand Hotel. I was young when Grandma and Grandpa sold it but I remember being there with mom a lot. I remember her doing the books for Grandpa and working the switch board. I remember going up and down the main staircase with the red carpeting. I remember staying overnight, going to the downtown shops and also sneaking candy from the glass case at the front desk. It is sad that times change and buildings need renovations. It would be nice if it could’ve been restored exactly as it had been. Someday I would like to go back and see the basement. I have heard that the basement is the same as it always was. The tile to the old entrance is still intact. It is nice to walk by and see it and remember the old times and all the good people who stayed there.

  5. Kip Carrico:

    Coincidentally, my grandparents were also Patrick and Lillian Carrico. Due to my age, I have only the faintest of memories of time spent at the Grand Hotel in the early 1970’s. My foggy memory could also be signs of early onset Alzheimer’s too. I’m sure I enjoyed being there, especially the candy counter. I remember Grandpa telling me not to suck on the quarter he gave me. I’m glad they didn’t knock down the Grand at least, like the fate of the Orpheum.

  6. Jeff Kornfeld:

    Just checking back a few years later. Does anyone remember the Magazine and Book Exchange around the corner? I bought my first Guitar Player Magazine, my first National Lampoon, and my first Playboy there. I loved that place. They seemed to have everything in such a small place. And what about Shadids. I swear Shadids had just as much in that little store as Barnes and Noble does now.Well, I turn 52 in 15 minutes and my wines gone and its 2:45 am. Goodnight.

  7. I wish they had covered the signage that said “Hotel” that would have looked real nice these days

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