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The Eldridge Hotel
|Title: The Eldridge Hotel|
Artist: Hughes, Langston
The Eldridge Hotel, 701 Massachusetts St.
This is the fourth hotel on this site. Langston Hughes may have worked in the third building, around 1913. Anti-Free State raiders from Missouri burned the first two structures.
In The Big Sea, Hughes wrote about working in a Lawrence hotel: “When I was in the seventh grade, I got my first regular job, cleaning up the lobby and toilets of an old hotel near the school I attended. I kept the mirrors and spittoons shined and the halls scrubbed. I was paid fifty cents a week.”
The Eldridge Hotel displays models of the four hotels and related historic photographs. The hotel exhibits the models in different locations depending on the season. The front desk has current information. The third model shows the hotel as it appeared from the late 1860s to 1926, when Hughes lived in Lawrence.