Many historic hotels have been neglected, or even abandoned, for decades. But some of these hotels have actually been saved from the wrecking ball and restored to reflect their original charm.
Not everyone knows that the Plaza Hotel in New York was demolished in 1905, and bought and sold several times over the years.
In 2005 it underwent a $400 million restoration process.
To restore the stained-glass ceiling, experts reconstructed the ceiling using black and white photos of the ceiling, remaining stained glass shards, and written histories.
In Milford, Pennsylvania, the 16-room Hotel Fauchere hosted presidents and celebrities, but was essentially abandoned for 25 years.
In 2001, the hotel was restored to its former glory using original material, and reopened after five years.
In Wichita, Kansas, the Broadview Hotel restoration was completed this year—when the drop ceilings were removed, workers discovered large chandeliers that remain today.
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