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Hotel Fontenelle Photos

Postby mr. omaha » Wed Aug 19, 2015 9:03 pm

Here are some more color photos I have of the Hotel Fontenelle:

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Re: Hotel Fontenelle Photos

Postby Midwestern » Thu Aug 20, 2015 12:30 am

Fabulous photos, thank you for sharing!

Do you have any color photos of the old Post Office and/or the medical arts building and/or Old City Hall?

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Re: Hotel Fontenelle Photos

Postby RNcyanide » Thu Aug 20, 2015 9:20 am

Huh. Old renderings/sketches of the hotel that I saw made it look a lot taller. I'm trying to place what is currently there. Any help?
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Re: Hotel Fontenelle Photos

Postby mr. omaha » Thu Aug 20, 2015 9:24 am

Hruska Federal Building, the squat beige box with the faux helicopter pad thing on the top.

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Postby RNcyanide » Thu Aug 20, 2015 9:26 am

Oh okay that makes sense now. Thanks!!
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Re: Hotel Fontenelle Photos

Postby Brad » Thu Aug 20, 2015 9:33 am

Nice Pics! Whats the building on the right edge of the image? Also where the courthouse is now.
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Re: Hotel Fontenelle Photos

Postby GetUrban » Thu Aug 20, 2015 11:22 am

The Masonic Temple west of the Fontenelle was substantial too. I remember the fight to save that one. Lost it to parking for the Hruska Fed. courthouse. It was another one of those two-facade buildings with relatively plain sides facing the former alleys between adjacent buildings.
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Not sure what the building north of the Fontenlle was....it was not bad either.
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Postby Brad » Thu Aug 20, 2015 11:25 am

Nice, I didn't even really notice that. I was thinking the very right edge of photo two. May be its was on the Medical Arts/First National Block?
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Re: Hotel Fontenelle Photos

Postby mr. omaha » Thu Aug 20, 2015 11:34 am

In the second photo, the smaller orange-ish building due north of Hotel Fontenelle is the old Elks Lodge. The taller building on the right edge of the photo due east of the hotel is the old Omaha Athletic Club.
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Re: Hotel Fontenelle Photos

Postby Brad » Thu Aug 20, 2015 11:35 am

mr. omaha wrote:The orange-ish building to the north of Hotel Fontenelle is the old Elks Lodge building.


East of the Hotel Fontenell, the very right edge of photo 2. Looks like a 9 story building.
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Re: Hotel Fontenelle Photos

Postby mr. omaha » Thu Aug 20, 2015 11:37 am

Brad wrote:
mr. omaha wrote:The orange-ish building to the north of Hotel Fontenelle is the old Elks Lodge building.


East of the Hotel Fontenell, the very right edge of photo 2. Looks like a 9 story building.


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Re: Hotel Fontenelle Photos

Postby Brad » Thu Aug 20, 2015 11:42 am

So between FNB and the Fed Courthouse, we lost:

Medical Arts
Hotel Fontanel
Elks Lodge
Omaha Athletic Club
Masonic Temple

Don't get me wrong, I really like the FNB tower, but there were some cool buildings in that area.
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Re: Hotel Fontenelle Photos

Postby mr. omaha » Thu Aug 20, 2015 11:56 am

I've got some more photos of those blocks. I'll try to post those soon.

I've actually got a couple of large pieces of terra cotta from the Medical Arts building. Such a neat top. I'm glad at least FNB saved one of the facades.

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Re: Hotel Fontenelle Photos

Postby ccacgraham4 » Sat Dec 12, 2015 5:54 pm

Do you have any color photos of the interior or of when it was torn down?

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Re: Hotel Fontenelle Photos

Postby GetUrban » Sun Dec 13, 2015 11:50 am

Photo of the lobby shortly after it was built around 1915....From the Bostwick-Frohardt collection at the Durham...sorry, not in color.
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Re: Hotel Fontenelle Photos

Postby GetUrban » Sun Dec 13, 2015 12:08 pm

Another interesting view looking west on Douglas from 17th...also from the Bostwick-Frohardt collection at the Durham. Notice the more ornate telephone building at 19th & Douglas in the distance.

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...and then they were gone.

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Re: Hotel Fontenelle Photos

Postby daveoma » Sun Dec 13, 2015 4:37 pm

Beautiful...maybe someone will build a new one that looks just like it someday.

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Re: Hotel Fontenelle Photos

Postby Joe_Sovereign » Wed Dec 23, 2015 10:39 am

Makes me sad. So much torn down for lowrise buildings and parking lots.


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