Life Span: 1887-1989
Location: Southeast corner Jackson and Clark streets, 75 W. Jackson
Architect: John M. Van Osdel
Inter Ocean, May 29, 1887
Chicago is noted for the number and elegance of her hotels. The present month a new one has been added to the list, and christened the “Hotel Grace,” bearing the name of its proprietor and builder. Located as it is in the central part of the city, corner Clark and Jackson streets, furnished throughout with all the modern improvements, showing elegance in design and finish worthy the highest commendation, the Hotel Grace is certain to become the most popular of European hotels. Mr. E.A. Frost, late of the Sherwood Houses, Evansville, Ind., is in charge of the office, and judging from the pleasant and affable manner in which he discharges duties, seems to be the right man in the right place. In passing through the hotel the reporter could not help noticing the attractive and elegant carpet patters with which the corridors and rooms were furnished. Mr. Grace said:
- I left the matter if selecting the carpets entirely to the judgement of Messrs. Mandel Bros., and I am highly pleased with the work throughout. I noticed the carpets, draperies, curtains, etc.m as furnished for this house and the new Hotel Brevoort, and concluded I could not do better than to place my order with them. The patters, as you will observe, are the very latest, and have been selected with elegant taste. No need to mention the names of the different makes; suffice it to say that they are of the very best quality. I determined to have everything first class, and with this end in view placed my order for furniture with the New England Furniture Company, of Grand Rapids, Mich. The chamber-sets are all in antique oak and mahogany, and, as you see, are beautiful both in design and finish. Mr. Lewis, one of the managers of the company is here personally superintending the placing of the furniture, and the promptness with which he has filled the order is something remarkable, considering we have in all 110 rooms. These rooms are all furnished with hot and cold water, fire and electric call bells.
One of the special features and conveniences of the Hotel Grace is the large, elegant dining-room and restaurant on the first floor, under the proprietorship of Mr. J. S. Ferguson, where guests are served with meals at all hours of the day. It is also highly popular with the general public, And is now the favorite resort at noon hour for Board of Trade and business men having offices locally.
John M. Van Osdel Accounting Books
Grace Hotel Addition
John M. Van Osdel Accounting Books
Rand McNally’s Bird’s Eye Views of Chicago, 1893
The Hotel Grace.
A European hotel, southeast corner of Clark and Jackson streets; 8 stories, 4 stores, 140 rooms, 1 elevator; 120 feet on Jackson, and & on Clark, 100 feet high; hotel office upstairs. It was erected in 1887, and cost $200,000.
Chicago Tribune, November 8, 1934
Grace Hotel Is Leased.
The eight story Grace hotel, at the southeast corner of Clark street and Jackson boulevard, has been leased by the Ryan Hotel company for a ten year term at an undisclosed rental. W. H. Ames of L. M. Willis & Co. represented the lessors and Ralph H. Jackson was broker for the lessee.
The seven upper floors of the building, occupied by the hotel, will be modernized. New furnishings will be installed throughout along with new plumbing and a new elevator system. Completion is scheduled within the next sixty days.
Chicago tribune, December 30, 1988
Loop To Get Third Federal Office Building in ’91
A 27-story, $153 million federal office building will be constructed at the southeast corner of Clark Street and Jackson Boulevard and will house about 4,000 employees when completed in mid-1991, federal offcials announced Thursday.
At a news conference at the Kluczynsku Federal Building, Stein & Co. was announced as the developer that will begin construction of the edifice shortly after the building on the site is razed. The parking garage of the Continental Illinois National Bank and Trust Co. of Chicago is now at the corner.
Greeley-Carlson Company’s Atlas of Chicago
Sanborn Fire Insurance Map