Blackstone Hotel (Omaha)
When it opened in 1915, Blackstone Hotel operated as a apartment-style hotel with residents renting by the year instead of the night; most units consisted of multi-room suites. By 1920, Vienna immigrant Charles Schimmel purchased the building and converted into an elegant hotel, considered by many to be the region's premier hotel. Indeed, a restaurant called the Orleans Room received Holiday Magazine's "Award for Excellence" sixteen straight years. The reuben sandwich is rumored to have originated at the Blackstone. And despite many sources that suggest that the history of that sandwich might be more complicated, many locals insist that Blackstone is the birthplace of the reuben.
Backstory and Context
McKee, Jim. "Omaha's rich, the Blackstone and the Reuben sandwich." Lincoln Journal-Star(Omaha), March 20, 2011. http://journalstar.com/news/local/jim-mckee-omaha-s-rich-the-blackstone-and-the-reuben/article_cd537...
Meyer, Lynn. "Nomination Form: Blackstone Hotel." National Register of Historic Places. November 11, 1984. https://npgallery.nps.gov/GetAsset/045a825c-eea1-439b-b977-1f4247392bd4
Spencer, Jeffery. Building for the Ages, Omaha's Architectural Landmarks. Omaha: Omaha Books, 2003.
Blackstone Building, 2010: JonClee86 at en.wikipedia [CC BY-SA 3.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0) or GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html)], via Wikimedia Commons
For more photos see:
Historical Photo Collection: https://web.archive.org/web/20091027033318/http://uk.geocities.com/newmusic011/blackstonepage.html
Getty Images: https://www.gettyimages.com/photos/blackstone-hotel-omaha?mediatype=photography&phrase=blackstone%20...