Sunday, September 11, 2011

Hotel Alms

Frederick Alms is known for the Alms & Doepke department store downtown as well as the park named after him. Alms also owned a hotel near his home in Walnut Hills. The original Hotel Alms was built in 1891 across the street from his home. The larger more modern hotel was built in 1925 and was designed by Cincinnati architect Harry Hake. This modern hotel boasted 500 rooms and a 400-car garage, a beautiful Japanese garden called the, “Tokyo Garden”, the Mermaid Lounge, a 24-hour coffee shop, an alfresco dining room, and many verandas. The hotel was definitely a first class hotel. WKRC used to broadcast from the hotel and there are two tall towers located on the top of the hotel. The original hotel building was eventually torn down but the newer one still stands and today is the Alms Hill Apartments.

Hotel Alms
2525 Victory Parkway, Walnut Hills

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I do not know the exact dates but I do believe the towers on top are , or were owned by Stepchild Radio, parent company of WAIF 88.3fm. Which had studios in the basement after WKRC moved. My Dad had a German program there, and I spent many hours in those studios watching him...pleasant memories!!!