Monday, November 29, 2010

Murphy's Hotel, 8th & Broad - 1905

Murphy's Hotel, at the corner of 8th and Broad, circa 1905. The original hotel was built in 1872. In 1886 the buildings in this photo replaced the original, and the elevated walkway over 8th Street was added. Then this version was torn down in 1913 and replaced with a larger 12 story building. The hotel was later sold to the state, and in 1969 was converted to offices. Sadly, it was demolished in 2007.

Click the photo below for the high resolution image.

Here's a link to a few pictures of the newer building, and it's demolition.

Here's what this intersection looks like today. The parking lot on the left is where the 1913 version of Murphy's Hotel stood until 2007:

Photo courtesy of The Library of Congress


  1. Can u do a post with the 1915 hotel and label it under hotel

  2. One of the things that bothers me the most is when someone demolishes a historic building only to leave a surface lot, basically a big hole in the urban fabric of the city.

    1. Well, the state was supposed to build a new office building there but funds dried up before construction started so now leaves the empty lot that has been there for over 10 years.

  3. I feel the same way Chris...see my post on the Imperial Tobacco Building for another example of this.....tragic.