Livonia Civic Park Senior Center brings Detroit’s Statler Hotel back to life, Friday, September 17th12:30pm.

The guest speaker, Lucas McGrail will, once again, be at the Center to share the rich history of this landmark hotel. Mr. McGrail will have many artifacts and photographs for this outstanding lecture.

The Statler, once located across from Grand Circus Park, was designed in the Georgian architectural style, with English Renaissance Revival roots evident. It consisted of 18 floors: sixteen above grade and two basement floors. Construction began on the original 800-room portion in 1914 and was completed in 1915. The hotel remained open for over six decades, until it finally had to close its doors in 1975.

Amount the hotels famous guests was Harry Houdini. He stayed at the hotel in October1926 during his last performance at the nearby Garrick Theater (Majestic Theatre). The hotel also saw such luminaries as President Franklin D. Roosevelt and Zsa Zsa Gabor.

You can register for this program at the Civic Park Senior Center volunteer desk or call (734) 466-2555 for more information. Cost is $6.00 per person and includes lunch based on menus from the “Café Rouge” at the Statler Hotel.

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