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The City Council will hold a public hearing on designation of the Historic Detroit Hotel as a local landmark this coming Thursday, February 4, 8:30 AM, at City Hall, 175 5th St. N.

This blog previously shared with you that the City Community Preservation Commission unanimously recommended the Historic Detroit Hotel be designated a local landmark by a vote of 7-0. The designation also has the support of former Mayor Rick Baker. The final step will be approval by the City Council. If you have not yet done so, please send an email supporting the landmarking to the City Council at [email protected], and please plan to attend the hearing on February 4th.

Six good reasons for supporting the designation of the Detroit Hotel as a local landmark include:

1. The Detroit Hotel is the city’s Most Historic Building.

2. It is the only downtown building remaining from the city’s birth in 1888.

3. The Detroit Hotel was built by city founders Peter Demens & John C. Williams, Sr.

4. The Detroit was the “Queen Mother” of a series of great hotels that stimulated the economy of our city.

5. For many years the Detroit served as the city’s cultural center.

6. Notable guests have included William Jennings Bryan, Babe Ruth, Will Rogers, Clarence Darrow, Eleanor Roosevelt, John F. Kennedy, and many others.

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