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Collection TitleCL 57 Mark Twain Hotel CollectionCreatorBooth Library
Processed ByDelany Evans
Date Completed:March 2009
Provenance:The items in this collection were donated to the Booth Library by Mary B. Miller in 1998.
Terms:Elmira (N.Y.); Hotels, taverns, etc.

The Mark Twain Hotel- The Mark Twain Hotel was located on West Gray Street at North Main in downtown Elmira, N.Y.  It was designed by Geo. B. Post & Sons, Architects and built by the Lowman Construction Co. Other notables involved in the hotel's development included J. John Hassett, Frederic H. Hill and Arthur B. MacLeod.  The hotel opened on March 23, 1929. The Mark Twain Hotel was host to several restaurants, cafes and shops and served as a premier location for parties and banquets.  The Mark Twain began its slow decline in the 1960s, and in 1973 it was shut down and was converted into an apartment building. 

Scope:The Mark Twain Hotel Collection contains photographs of the hotel's construction; promotional brochures; menus; correspondence relating to the installation of a sprinkler system and architectural and construction plans.
Extent.5 linear feet
Date Span1928-1967
AbstractThis collection contains material relating to the construction of the Mark Twain Hotel. 

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TitleDocumentBox NumberFolder NumberLocation
23 photos of the Mark Twain Hotel, both during and after construction, 1928-1929.Photographs010101
Brochure - The Mark Twain Hotel: Elmira's Finest Hotel, ca. 1950s.Brochure010201
Brochure - The Mark Twain Hotel: Elmira's only Fireproof Hotel, ca. 1930sBrochure010202
Brochure highlighting the murals at the Mark Twain Hotel. Brochure010203
Brochure - ...And Now in Elmira: The Mark Twain Hotel, ca. 1929.Brochure010204
Brochure - Elmira's New Hotel: Second Mortgage Five and One-half Per Cent Twenty Year Sinking Fund Bond, 1928.Brochure010205
Menu - Mark Twain Hotel, dinner, no date.Menu010301
Menu - Chemung Tavern at the Mark Twain Hotel, luncheon, Thursday, February 9, 1967.Menu010302
To Mr. Canaan from J. John Hassett October 7, 1942. Requesting blueprints for the Mark Twain Hotel. Letter010401
From Grinnell Company to Mr. J. Johm Hassett, October 8, 1942. Allowing access to the blueprints of the Mark Twain Hotel.Letter010402
To Mr. J. John Hassett from Grinnell Company October 16, 1942. Blue prints of the Mark Twain Hotel are being sent. Business Letter010403
Letter to J. John Hassett from Grinnell Company October 20, 1942. Confirming the blueprints for the Mark Twain Hotel are being sent. Letter010404
Book - Specification for All Work for the Mark Twain Hotel for the Wisner Park Copr. in accordance with the drawings prepared by Geo. B. Post & Sons, Architects, January 15, 1929. Book010501

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