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Property Name Carling Hotel
Reference Number MP100000563
State IL
County Cook
Town Chicago
Street Address 1512 N. LaSalle St.
Multiple Property Submission Name Residential Hotels of Chicago, 1880-1930
Status Listed 1/24/2017
Areas of Significance Architecture
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The Carling Hotel is eligible for listing under National Register Criterion C for Architecture as an excellent and well-preserved example of a residential "rooming" hotel, a type of residential hotel constructed in Chicago primarily between 1910 and 1930. The building meets the registration requirements developed as part of the proposed Multiple Property Documentation Form for Residential Hotels in Chicago, 1910-1930. The building exemplifies the rooming hotels that were purpose-built primarily to house the army of skilled but low paid white- and blue-collar workers flooding into the city in the early decades of the twentieth century. Rooming hotels offered residents daily, weekly, or monthly rates, and welcomed both transients and permanent residents. Hotel rooms were typically single rooms, some with private baths but most with shared toilets and sinks and showers in the rooms. "Hotel" service could include maid service, laundry service, elevator service, and meal services. Many lower-tier rooming hotels, including the Carling, did not provide meal service but offered a restaurant in the building. The Carling Hotel is a mid-rise rooming hotel with a complex E-shaped plan. Typical of residential hotels situated in the middle of a block, the building has one ornamented facade, which features face brick and vaguely Classical and Renaissance Revival terra-cotta detailing. The ground floor reception area and lobby are also typical of the building type.

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Residential Hotels of Chicago, 1880-1930


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