Hotel Roosevelt

Also known as: Roosevelt Lofts, Roosevelt Hotel, Roosevelt Royale Hotel
200 First Ave., NE, Cedar Rapids, Iowa

12 story Colonial Revival brick hotel repurposed as low income housing


Top Floor and Sign

Note the Terra Cotta decor and the finials along the parapet.

Photo taken by J.R. Manning in April 2013



Street View 


A 12 story Colonial Revival brick hotel in downtown Cedar Rapids that opened as an opulent hotel in 1927. The exterior of the structure features brick clading and features Regency-styled Terra Cotta ornamentation with medallions, garland panels and finials along the parapet. The lobby and public spaces was decorated in Renaissance Revival with marble flooring and luxury details.

The property was undergoing a conversion to hotel and apartment space when it was a victim of the Flood of 2008. After a $14 million renovation, the building reopened in 2012 as a 96 unit apartment building for low income persons. There is commercial space on the first floor.

The Roosevelt Lofts, as it is now known, no longer functions as a hotel and the word "Hotel" has been removed from the rooftop neon sign.

National Register information 

Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on May 1, 1991
Reference number
Architectural styles
Late 19th and 20th Century Revival: Colonial Revival; Other architectural type; Georgian Revival
Area of significance
Level of significance
Evaluation criteria
C - Design/Construction
Property type
Historic functions
Hotel; Restaurant; Specialty store
Current functions
Hotel; Specialty store; Multiple dwelling; Restaurant
Period of significance
Significant year

Update Log 

  • June 9, 2013: New photo from Dave King
  • April 6, 2013: New Street View added by Holly Hayes
  • April 6, 2013: Updated by J.R. Manning: Added description and added photograph.
  • April 6, 2013: New photo from J.R. Manning