Site of Historic Rawdon Hotel in Oden

The Rawdon Hotel was a popular resort during the late 1800's Structure no longer exists and the site is redeveloped as waterfront residential

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Another historically significant business was the Oden Hotel had a hotel which was later named the Rawdon Hotel and the Inn was named the Atherton Inn.


The Oden Hotel was built in 1895 to resemble the shape of a steamer, and was located on the lakefront south of Main Street,  it was sold shortly afterwards to J. D. Rawdon, and was renamed the Rawdon Hotel .

The Rawdon Hotel projected into the water, so that boats could land at covered walks on the south and east fronts.  On the south front were terraced gardens and a fountain.  In the gardens was a Pagoda for “lounging and flirtation”.  On the north side were double tennis courts and beyond them a four lane bowling alley.  East of the tennis courts was the hotel power plant which provided steam heat to the thermal baths in the basement.  In front was a circular track for riding horses and within this a cinder track for bicyclists and “sprinters”.  To the east was a swimming pool which had been formerly operated by the G.R.&I. Railroad.  The hotel was 60 by 147 feet and being built on the hillside, created a four story lakeside, and three story street side exposure.
Rawdon Interior
The interior featured an Atrium design, thus the ceiling was the roof height. A portion of the roof/ceiling of the atrium was made from stained glass.  Daylight poured down from the stained glass transoms, creating unique visual effects thought the interior.  At one end a grand staircase led to the upper stories. Balconies surrounded the areas of the dinning room with each guest room opening onto the balcony and looking down to the atrium area.  The rooms were named after various species of fish, each guest room having a ceramic plaque denoting the species.  At the south end of the first floor was a stage, concerts and readings were held three times a week.  The dinning room seated 250 guests, and provided a means for banquets. The lobby desk area featured piano and several items for purchase, and general information was posted.  In 1898 the rates were $1.50-$2.00 per night. Source: IWRHS

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