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Hotel Clarence - Seneca Falls

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posted by Carol alias dennieorson on Monday 20th of June 2011 05:41:30 PM

This is the Hotel Clarence. The former Gould Hotel was previously on this site. The building has recently undergone a six-millon dollar makeover and was renamed the Hotel Clarence, after the angel in the 1946 movie, "Its A Wonderful Life" (Seneca Falls bills itself as the real Bedford Falls). Throughout its many rooms, the Hotel Clarence carries the theme of the movie. The red brick four-story exterior resembles the original 1920 hotel but the interior is modern. Now a little bit of history: The Goulds Manufacturing Company financed the construction of a Spanish style first-class hotel in town in 1919. The four-story fireproof brick hotel rose on the site of the former Hoag House which burned on Thanksgiving morning in 1918. The fire started in the basement and by noon the building was a total loss with nearly all the equipment in the Hoag House being destroyed. George B. Post & Son of NYC drew up the plans for the Gould Hotel. The new Gould Hotel, which opened in 1920,was described as the most complete and perfectly equipped of the smaller hotels in NYS. The main entrance was to be on State Street, with stores to be located on the Fall Street side of the building. It was concrete and steel construction throughout with a large lobby, double dining rooms and a well arranged kitchen. It featured 72 rooms and 8 apartments. Fifty of the rooms were equipped with baths, including hot and cold water and they also had telephone connections - all amenities that travelers expected only in the big cities in 1920. The double dining rooms had a Colonial style decor. They could be arranged as one big room for banquets or separate so one could be used as a ballroom and the other for dining. The lobby had a Spanish style appearances - the furniture was covered in heavy Morocco leather. Eventually the Gould Hotel was closed and it was turned into apartments. Subsequently the building was vacant for many years. It is located at 108 Fall Street @ State Street in Seneca Falls , NY. (This photo was taken from the State Street side)

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