Hotel Chieftan - Mount Pleasant MI

Address: 1523 S Mission St
City: Mount Pleasant
State: MI
Zip: 48858
County: Isabella
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This 40-unit hotel started out in 1949 at the cost of $380,000 with help from the local community in terms of financing. By 1955, a 10 unit motel was added to the property. The famed architect Alden B. Dow submitted a proposal for the motel addition, but his design was not the one eventually built. A rendering can be seen below. The motel changed hands in 1968 when 2 Alma men took over, Ben Simon and Alfred Fortino.

The place is mentioned 100's of times in the newspaper archives. It hosted thousands of events, some of those related to Central Michigan University which was just down the street. Sometime between 1999 and 2009, both the motel and hotel were closed and torn down. A medical office, parking lot and Qdoba sit where the hotel was as of 2023.

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Hotel Chieftan - Vintage Post Card (newer photo)
Vintage Post Card (newer photo)
Hotel Chieftan - Vintage Post Card (newer photo)
Vintage Post Card (newer photo)
Hotel Chieftan - Vintage Ad (newer photo)
Vintage Ad (newer photo)
Hotel Chieftan - 2011 Former Lot (newer photo)
2011 Former Lot (newer photo)
Hotel Chieftan - 1955 Aerial (newer photo)
1955 Aerial (newer photo)
Hotel Chieftan - 1972 (newer photo)
1972 (newer photo)
Hotel Chieftan - Alden B Dows Unbuilt Motel Addition (newer photo)
Alden B Dows Unbuilt Motel Addition (newer photo)
Hotel Chieftan - Soap (newer photo)
Soap (newer photo)
Hotel Chieftan - Soap (newer photo)
Soap (newer photo)
Hotel Chieftan - 1953 Ad (newer photo)
1953 Ad (newer photo)
Hotel Chieftan - Business Registration With Street Address (newer photo)
Business Registration With Street Address (newer photo)
Hotel Chieftan - Mar 1955 Motel Addition (newer photo)
Mar 1955 Motel Addition (newer photo)
Hotel Chieftan - May 1952 Article (newer photo)
May 1952 Article (newer photo)
Hotel Chieftan - Sept 1958 Article (newer photo)
Sept 1958 Article (newer photo)
Hotel Chieftan - Sept 1961 Ad From Detroit Newspaper (newer photo)
Sept 1961 Ad From Detroit Newspaper (newer photo)
Hotel Chieftan - Sept 1968 New Owners (newer photo)
Sept 1968 New Owners (newer photo)
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