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DeSoto House Hotel

Posted by
Steven (Chicagoland, United States) on 27 November 2018 in Architecture and Portfolio.

"Opened in April, 1855, the five-story 240-room DeSoto House was the largest and most luxurious hotel in the west. Abraham Lincoln spoke from its balcony in 1856 and Stephen A. Douglas in 1858. Ulysses S. Grant (a Galena native) maintained his 1868 presidential campaign headquarters here. By 1880, Galena's prosperity had faded and the hotel's two upper floors were removed."

Verbiage from a plaque on the DeSoto House Hotel, erected by the Illinois State Historical Society in 1959.

Given the cloudy overcast that day, I debated going with either a "black and white" or "antique" filter, but kept the color.

Photo captured October 14, 2018.

NIKON D7000 1/30 second F/3.5 ISO 800 18 mm

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Nicou from Sion, Switzerland

Quel édiffice imposant et sa couleur quel cardage avec l'angle sueprbe
Belle journée

27 Nov 2018 5:30am

By Marie from Entre montagnes et Bretagne, France

Impressive building. I like pink bricks of its walls.

27 Nov 2018 5:31am

Jypyä Pop from Turku, Finland

The hotel has a great history. A handsome looking house.

27 Nov 2018 5:54am

Sam from Chennai, India

A fine shot of this impressive Hotel. And an interesting history of this old hotel building. Superb. :)

27 Nov 2018 6:02am

Nazzareno from Rome, Italy

A historic building, perfectly styled with its years.

27 Nov 2018 6:46am

jpla from St Barthélémy, France

Il est imposant

27 Nov 2018 7:23am

Pascale MD from Occitanie, France

Une bâtisse imposante, mais j'avoue que je n'aurai pas envisagé qu'il s'agissait d'un hôtel de luxe.
Bonne journée Steven

27 Nov 2018 8:09am

Anna Cherer from LA ROCHELLE, France

An mpressive historic building ! I think that it's a good idea to keep the color for the brick's wall !

27 Nov 2018 8:35am

grouser from Ludlow, United Kingdom

Did they rebuild the cornice then ? Nicely captured architecture

27 Nov 2018 10:23am

la griffe du loup from la roche sur yon, France

it's big nice monument ,friendship

27 Nov 2018 10:45am

Shaun from Massachusetts, United States

What a fine building. Great to see a brick building in this condition. 5*

27 Nov 2018 10:51am

Libouton Martine from Bousval, Belgium

Un beau bâtiment !

27 Nov 2018 11:00am

Hiro from Kyoto, Japan

Nice looking hotel

27 Nov 2018 11:14am

Marcel P. from Wallonie picarde, Belgium

5 stars ?

27 Nov 2018 11:26am

Devi from Chennai, India

A great angle and lovely image.
And thank ypu for the information !!

27 Nov 2018 11:51am

Marité from France

Waouh ! Quel édifice imposant ! Le service doit être impeccable :-)
Bonne journée.

27 Nov 2018 12:22pm

Rick from Toronto, Canada

A great corner view of this historically significant building. I'm glad you kept the colour, as the paint job is excellent. This gem should easily stand for centuries to come.

27 Nov 2018 1:57pm

Lougris from Toulouse, France

Une longue histoire..

27 Nov 2018 2:11pm

Ruthiebear from Titusville, NJ, United States

What a grand looking place. I like this point of view to see the name on the side.

27 Nov 2018 3:17pm

Mhelene from Villiers-sur-Marne, France

a superb framing ! I think that the color is better !

27 Nov 2018 3:40pm

Dreams come true from Utrecht, Netherlands

A interesting story of this building.
Fantastic photo and I prefer color.

27 Nov 2018 4:58pm

Adela Fonts from Barcelona, Spain

Great pow!

27 Nov 2018 5:21pm

tataray from Charentes-Poitou, France

Toujours de magnifique cadrage avec toi... Excellent angle.

27 Nov 2018 6:34pm

Existence Artistique from Angers, France

c'est une intéressante recherche

27 Nov 2018 6:43pm

London Caller from London, United Kingdom

The semicircular flag banners are so American :)

27 Nov 2018 8:30pm

B. Thomas from Arlington, Texas, United States

I like the color with the nice warm bricks. Good choice.

28 Nov 2018 12:48am

Harry from Apex, NC, United States

a beautiful and stately old building. It is impressive how good it looks after having two floors removed. Galena is one one of those historic towns that flared to (near) greatness then fizzled into obscurity.

28 Nov 2018 12:50am

Elaine Hancock from Olney, United States

It has quite an amazing history. It is a gorgeous building. I like the sturdy looking architecture. Wonderful point of view.

28 Nov 2018 2:07am

Steve Rice from Olympia, United States

The colors are smooth and beautiful on this cloudy day. An interesting history.

28 Nov 2018 2:24am

Remus from Portugal

An elegant building that is part of the recent history (last 120-130 years) of America. And he's well recovered. It's like new.

28 Nov 2018 4:50pm

sherri from Little Rock, Arkansas, United States

a work of architectural art

love the symmetry

28 Nov 2018 11:10pm