As the Lord Baltimore Hotel is a property in its ninth decade, there have been numerous periods of renovations in its history. Two of the notable previous renovation projects occurred in the 1960’s and 1980’s.
When the hotel was sold by the Busick family in 1960, the Baltimore Sun reported:
“Herbert R. Weissberg, of New York City, new owner of the Lord Baltimore Hotel, said yesterday he has plans for an extensive renovating and redecorating program for the hotel’s ballroom, lobby, and other public rooms.
But, he said, there will be no change in policy, rate structure or personnel.
The hotel’s private rooms may or may not be remodeled. Mr. Weissberg said he will have to look them over closely before making a decision.”
In an article the following month, the Sun followed up:
“Plans for the hotel’s renovation future are tied in with the new downtown Civic Center and it is expected that more state and national convention groups will be attracted to Baltimore.
Shortly before the announcement of the Sale of the hotel, a representative of New York interests inquired at the Association of Commerce about the prospects of the Civic Center becoming a reality. He was told that the Civic Center, and that prospects for the Charles Center looked encouraging.
The 700-room Lord Baltimore is the City’s largest hotel.”
A couple of decades later, the hotel closed for “extensive” renovations. The News American reported in July 1982:
“The Lord Baltimore Hotel will be closed more than a year beginning Aug. 1 for a $12-million renovation project, according to Laszlo Ravasz, vice president and general manager.
…the city will lose 450 hotel rooms while construction is under way. The closing of the third largest hotel downtown will reduce the total number of rooms within walking distance of the Convention Center to about 1,600 after July 31.
…When the Lord Baltimore reopens, Ravasz said, it will have 50 to 60 fewer guest rooms than it has now because the rooms are being enlarged.
Ravasz said Friday the hotel must close because the planned renovations are so extensive that its owners decided to shut the building rather than try to keep it open.
Although the hotel’s 17-story exterior will remain intact, he said, “The interior will be virtually all new, with completely new electrical, plumbing, heating and air conditioning systems, extensive elimination of interior walls to create larger guest rooms, new function and public rooms.”
And the Baltimore Sun noted in its report:
“The project is being financed with the aid of a $10 million low-interest and tax-free industrial revenue bond approved by the City Council last October, according to a statement issued by the hotel.
The renovation is expected to help the 55-year old Lord Baltimore, which is at Baltimore and Hanover streets within Charles Center, compete for tourist and convention business with newer hotels downtown and others being planned.”
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