Deshler Hotel

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Deshler Hotel
Deshler-Wallick Hotel, Columbus, Ohio (62108).jpg
The Deshler beside the LeVeque Tower,
c. 1930-45
Deshler Hotel
Site of the hotel
Alternative namesDeshler-Wallick, Deshler Hilton, Deshler-Cole, Beasley-Deshler
General information
Address9 N. High St., Columbus, Ohio
Coordinates 39°57′44″N83°00′04″W / 39.962356°N 83.001111°W / 39.962356; -83.001111 Coordinates: 39°57′44″N83°00′04″W / 39.962356°N 83.001111°W / 39.962356; -83.001111
OpenedAugust 23, 1916
ClosedJuly 31, 1968
Demolished1969
Design and construction
Architect(s) Holabird & Roche

The Deshler Hotel, also known as the Deshler-Wallick Hotel, was a hotel building in Downtown Columbus, Ohio. The hotel was located at Broad and High Streets, the city's 100 percent corner.

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Announced in 1912 and opened in 1916, the hotel originally had 400 rooms, intended to rival the other luxury hotels of the world. [1] :38 The hotel was later leased by Lew and Adrian Wallick, hoteliers from Ohio and New York. Called the Deshler-Wallick Hotel by the time the LeVeque Tower opened, its then-1,000 rooms were accessible by a "venetian bridge" linking the two buildings on the second floor. New York Mayor Jimmy Walker, who attended the opening, tried and nearly succeeded in having a ceremonial sip of wine in each of the 600 hotel rooms. The hotel would later host President Harry S. Truman in 1946 during a meeting of the Federal Council of Churches of Christ. He and Bess Truman would later stay at the hotel again in 1953. [1] :39 In 1947 the hotel sold to Julius Epstein of Chicago, apparently for $2 million, [2] :116 who again sold it five years later to the Hilton Hotels chain, which renamed the hotel the Deshler-Hilton. In 1964 it was sold to a company owned by Charles Cole who renamed it the Deshler-Cole. Cole eliminated the 600 rooms located inside LeVeque Tower and invested $2 million to remodel the hotel. The hotel rooms in the building's wings having been eliminated, the "venetian bridge" was demolished. [2] :117 The building was sold a final time to Fred Beasley in 1966 and renamed the Beasley-Deshler before being closed in 1968 and demolished by S.G. Loewendick & Sons in 1969. [1] :39 [3] [4] Today the site is the home of One Columbus Center, a tower developed in part by LeVeque Enterprises. [5]

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