September 9, 2007

Remembering the Edgewater Beach Hotel

Edgewater Beach Hotel Poster

1930s Uptown comes alive in Kerne Erickson’s painting of the Edgewater Beach Hotel, available as a poster. The Edgewater, originally located near Sheridan and Foster, lost its beautiful beach front when Lake Shore Drive was extended, and was eventually torn down in the late 1960s. Today, the 33-floor The Breakers of Edgewater Beach, a retirement home built in 1987, stands where the tower of the hotel once stood. Editor, author, playwright, and occasional film producer Adam Langer wrote an amazing tribute to the Edgewater. A link to the full article follows the excerpt below:

Remembering the Edgewater Beach HotelMy parents spent their honeymoon there. My Aunt Faye and Uncle Harry had their high school prom there. They wanted to dance on the Beach Walk, but the 17-year cicadas were swarming, so they had to stay indoors in the Marine Dining Room. I don’t remember the place, but I do remember my dad driving us by in 1970 to watch it being demolished. We sat in the back of his black Thunderbird while he took home movies of the wrecking ball crashing into the [yellow] stucco structure...

For the rest of the article, go to Remembering the Edgewater Beach Hotel.


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