This summer I am working on an independent
study through CCCCD where I attend each
semester and going to learn the old fashioned
way to shoot with sheet film and the 4×5
as I am looking for locations that might have a 60’s flair
This lobby may just be a little too pretty and nice
for my 60’s look, but it sure was fun to see and chat with
property manager, Patrick Muscanere, who was so kind
to indulge me with a look around and of course… PHOTOS!
This morning I headed out for downtown and the
old Statler Hilton to check out the light
for a possible photo shoot.
Having attended a lecture several weeks ago
about the Statler and it’s condition and hope of
restoration,I was quite surprised to find workers all over
the place doing various clean up on the old building.
The building was sort of open, a fellow asked me if i was
meeting someone there, so i answered no, that i was
just hoping to take a few photos. A little while later I was
able to snap a few inside the lobby, which was
really a special treat for me!~
The hotel was opened in 1956, I believe, and was so far
ahead of it’s time when built and so novel in design and features,
that it was a real treat to attend a function there or have
the opportunity to spend a few nights there. Ask Conrad,
he flew stars in such as Jane Mansfield and maybe Marilyn,
it was quite a happenin’ place in the 50-60’s!