The Allerton Hotel

As many of you know I am simply enamoured by the history of the various hotels that once graced Cleveland – The Hollenden, The Statler, The Winton. Another hotel that gets very little attention is the Allerton Hotel (or I should say the Allerton Apartments, now) located on the corner of E. 13th and Chester. The Allerton Hotel is a stunning building built in 1926 by the Allerton Company of New York. The architects were the Morgantroyd and Ogden Company. The Allerton Company owned at one time eight hotels including hotels in Detroit and Chicago (the Chicago Allerton still operates as hotel along the Magnificent Mile on Michigan Avenue). No doubt the building today is a bit rough – it offers low-income housing. Recently the building went through some modest redevelopment. But back in the day it was a stunning structure. Check this photo out!

This photo provided courtesy of Cleveland Press Archives.

This photo makes the Allerton look like one hell of a time. The hotel offered 550 rooms, an air-conditioned dining room, a coffee shop, a famous cocktail lounge and a swimming pool. I know I could had have a few good evenings at the Allerton.

This photo provided courtesy of Cleveland Press Archives.

Cool stuff. And dig this postcard!

This photo provided courtesy of the Cleveland Press Archives.

 

Wow! What a beautiful place. I can only dream of spending a night in this very cool and hip hotel. Those days are past, my friends. It is a shame the condition the building is today, but once upon a time it really was a place for royalty.

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7 Responses to The Allerton Hotel

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  2. Don Cairns says:

    The Allerton was later known as the Manger. There was a fabulous top floor bar where the town’s newspaper crowd hung out. Few alive today would remember that, but if you run across newspaper people over 70 or so you mightbet some good reminisces.

    Cleveland has always been a city of great contrasts – across from the Allerton/Manger at the SE corner of Chester and E 13th St was one of the original White Castle restaurants. That business was started by a Cleveland family. Its HQ was at the NW corner of Lee and Cedar. Ultimately, they made more money selling the restaurant business (to SugarDale I believe) and keeping the real estate corners for later sale.

    Don

    • Ken says:

      The restaurant I recall if memory serves me was a Royal Castle at the NW corner of Cedar & Lee in the early 50s. My grandparents lived the next block over on Derbyshire.

      Re the Manger, the lounge was called the Purple Tree. I believe the Purple Tree was the standard lounge in other Manger properties. As memory serves me (again), the Allerton didn’t have private baths in every room. But when Manger had it, all rooms had private baths, reducing the number of hotel rooms. Think it was about 450.

    • Jim Morrical says:

      Interesting information, but I can’t confirm it by other sources. My mother-in-law was in the Navy during WWII and was assigned in Cleveland. While there she lived for a period of time with others in The Allerton Hotel. She worked in offices somewhere near for her entire period of service. Can anyone give any details about the arrangement? Were many rooms block rented to the Navy for the war effort or was the whole Hotel taken by the Department of War?

      • Tech Czar says:

        Jim:

        I am writing my next book on Cleveland Hotels and it is true. The Allerton Hotel was taken over by the Navy so it could house their WAVES in the building. I have more details if you would like them.
        -Michael DeAloia

  3. Debby says:

    I wish i could seen the hotels.in their hayday. Maiden. Name is allerton

  4. Al Woodcock says:

    Picked up an interesting piece of Allerton paper ephemera today, an admission “ticket” to the Saturday Night Swing Club Floor Show on March 9th, 1940 9PM-1AM. Price was 50 cents, ticket good for 10 cents.

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