Pere Marquette Hotel (Most recently, Peoria Marriott Pere Marquette)
The Père Marquette (1926) stands fourteen stories in downtown Peoria, Illinois, and features 288 guest rooms. The hotel arose during the Roaring '20s when city leaders and prominent entrepreneurs routinely sought to showcase its city through grand, lavish hotels and magnificent theaters, Traveling businessman and guests (often wealthy) could stay at hotels and enjoy the city's social offerings. The hotel is named for the explorer Father Père (Jacques) Marquette, who not only traveled the Mississippi and Illinois Rivers, but settled in Peoria during the late seventeenth century. He was also the first European to winter in what is now Chicago. A mural of his Peoria landing hung in the hotel lobby.
Backstory and Context
Koonce, Tanya. "A New Owner Coming Soon for Peoria's Pere and Courtyard Hotels." WCBU Peoria Public Radio. peoriapublicradio.org. March 2, 2018. https://www.peoriapublicradio.org/post/new-owner-coming-soon-peorias-pere-and-courtyard-hotels#stream/0
Leitch, David R. "Nomination Form: Pere Marquette Hotel." National Register of Historic Places. nps.gov. August 12, 1982. Digitized form located at http://gis.hpa.state.il.us/PDFs/201355.pdf.
Pere Marquette Hotel: CC BY-SA 2.5, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=843166