Harrington Hotel

1026 Military Street, Port Huron, Michigan

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May 2009

Photo taken by Rattrak

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Description 

A two sided Michigan Historical Marker here reads:

The Harrington Hotel opened amid much fanfare in 1896. A unique blend of Romanesque, Classical and Queen Anne architecture, the hotel thrived for many years. As business declined due to the popularity of automobile travel, expressways and roadside motels, the hotel deteriorated, it eventually closed in 1986; a group of investors bought the structure that same year, converting it to housing for senior citizens. The Harrington Hotel is listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

Side 2: Truman Honeymoon

In May 1919 Harry S Truman, the future thirty-third president of the United States. returned from duty in World War I. In June he married Beth Wallace. The couple spent part of their honeymoon in Port Huron. The Truman's daughter Margaret wrote in her biography of Bess, "For the rest of his life, whenever Harry Truman wanted to regain the radiance of those first days with Bess, he simply wrote 'Port Huron.' For him it was a code word for happiness."

National Register information 

Status
Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on April 22, 1982
Reference number
82004468
Architectural styles
Late 19th and 20th Century Revival: Classical Revival; Other architectural type; Richardsonian Romanesque
Areas of significance
Architecture; Social History
Level of significance
Local
Evaluation criteria
A - Event; C - Design/Construction
Property type
Building
Historic function
Hotel
Current function
Hotel
Periods of significance
1900-1924; 1875-1899
Significant year
1896

Update Log 

  • October 7, 2012: New photo from Rattrak
  • July 28, 2010: New Street View added by Nathan Holth

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