October 29, 2007

Viceroy Hotel Key Fob

Here's one of my new favorite pieces, which I recently acquired at auction. It is a room key fob from the Viceroy Hotel (now the Lorali). Built in 1926 and located at the southwest corner of Kenmore and Lawrence, the Viceroy was designed by architects Huszagh and Hill, who also left their stamp on the neighborhood with the beautiful Aragon Ballroom and the New Lawrence Hotel, kitty corner from the Viceroy.

The thumbnail image is of the Viceroy in 1926. To see the full size version, go here.

Today the Viceroy is known as the Lorali, a retirement and care facility. A few years ago, the building owners stripped away much of the elaborate terra cotta. I'm not sure if they sold the pieces or threw them away.


Uptown Updater said...

We've heard rumblings of this building going condo in the near future. The owner wants to get out of the "care industry." Guess time will tell. Do you have any info on the buildings on Wilson directly under the el tracks that are boarded up currently (the one where the man stands out front jingling a can for change)? Inquiring minds want to know.

Joanne said...

I'll see what I can dig up, UU. Thanks for reading!

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Anonymous said...

Found my own Viceroy Hotel Key Fob. Curious as to how much you think they are worth, if anything.

Joanne said...

Most hotel fobs I've seen sell for less than $20. You can check eBay for "hotel key fob".

Or, if you want to leave contact info, maybe someone reading this will offer you a good price.

Author Melvin Stephens said...

I use to live there. I paid a 100 a week.


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