Monday, May 2, 2011

Photo of the Week: The Abbott Hotel

The Abbott Hotel,  721 West Belmont (JWB, 2011)

One of my favorite signs in the city – the display for the Abbott Hotel at  721 West Belmont.  The sign tells you everything you need to know . . . it comes straight from a different time, a time when Chevy Bel-Airs, Plymouth Furys, and Mercury Montereys rolled up and down Belmont.

Imagine . . . checking into a room with air conditioning AND color television. For free!

Although times have changed, the Abbott hasn’t.  If you use your imagination, you might picture poor old Miss Havisham up there in a room on the third floor, watching a Philco with the color all wrong and the sound too loud.

And, if you read the reviews, the hotel staff fits the motif, characters, seemingly, straight out of a Dickens novel.

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