Ritz Hotel - Coldwater MI

Address: 172 W Chicago St
City: Coldwater
State: MI
Zip: 49036
County: Branch
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The old Ritz Hotel was started and operated by people from within my family tree. It goes back to the early days of Coldwater although I am not sure how far. It was there in the 30's for sure. Asking around town, the few folks old enough to remember the place have referred to it as a hotel, a rooming house, or a flop house for indigent people depending on who you ask. There were a few unsavory people who resided there over the years but I guess that would be true of any housing situation. It later housed the United Farm Real Estate Agency according to the inspection report from 1976.

It was of the Greek Revival style, similar to several other structures along the old section of old W Chicago Rd. Some of those others are still standing but alas, the Ritz is gone. It was wiped out by a fire in 1976. It was initially thought the place could be repaired after the blaze but further inspection revealed it to be a total loss. The lot was empty for many years until a Dollar General was built on the site.

The 1976 photo from the Branch County Library is a bit confusing. The building looks drastically different from the earlier Ritz Hotel photos. Maybe it was taken after the fire and much of the building was hauled away already, I am not sure.

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Ritz Hotel - Historical Photo (newer photo)
Historical Photo (newer photo)
Ritz Hotel - Historical Photo (newer photo)
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Ritz Hotel - Historical Photo (newer photo)
Historical Photo (newer photo)
Ritz Hotel - 1976 Photo From Building Inspector - Branch Co Library (newer photo)
1976 Photo From Building Inspector - Branch Co Library (newer photo)
Ritz Hotel - Fred Ritzenthaler And Son From Wauseon Ohio At His Shoe Store - Owner Of Ritz Hotel (newer photo)
Fred Ritzenthaler And Son From Wauseon Ohio At His Shoe Store - Owner Of Ritz Hotel (newer photo)
Ritz Hotel - Ritzenthaler Shoe Store In Wauseon Ohio - Owner Of Ritz Hotel (newer photo)
Ritzenthaler Shoe Store In Wauseon Ohio - Owner Of Ritz Hotel (newer photo)
Ritz Hotel - 1958 Aerial Photo (newer photo)
1958 Aerial Photo (newer photo)
Ritz Hotel - Nov 1939 Ritz Gets Bibles (newer photo)
Nov 1939 Ritz Gets Bibles (newer photo)
Ritz Hotel - Dec 1943 Former Owner Passes Away (newer photo)
Dec 1943 Former Owner Passes Away (newer photo)
Ritz Hotel - Mar 1953 Smoking Charge (newer photo)
Mar 1953 Smoking Charge (newer photo)
Ritz Hotel - Mar 1976 Total Loss (newer photo)
Mar 1976 Total Loss (newer photo)
Ritz Hotel - Mar 1976 Tragic Death And Destruction (newer photo)
Mar 1976 Tragic Death And Destruction (newer photo)
Ritz Hotel - Nov 1954 Manager Gets City Council Spot (newer photo)
Nov 1954 Manager Gets City Council Spot (newer photo)
Ritz Hotel - Sep 1995 Later Operator Passes Away (newer photo)
Sep 1995 Later Operator Passes Away (newer photo)
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