Downtown 1958

Downtown 1958

Friday, March 11, 2016

That Other Hotel

from The First City of the Lower Fox River. Menasha, Wisconsin, its trade, industries, inducements to capitalists, and its pre-eminence as a manufacturing, residence, and educational city ([1887])

The old Hotel Menasha downtown gets all the attention, but this other major accommodation at Main and Tayco was just as important to the city's history. 

We first encountered this hotel in 2012:
"Built by Valentine Landgraf, a saloonkeeper who had arrived just five years earlier from Montana, the Landgraf Hotel's first section was built in 1871 at the intersection of Tayco and Main Streets. In 1877, he added on to the building and in 1880, he bought the building just east of his property to complete his hotel.   In its prime, the hotel had 30 rooms, was gas-lighted and steam-heated. The hotel ran free buses to meet all trains and also offered a billiards room and a grocery. On this space, the Brin Theater was built around 1928."

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