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March 22, 2010

Remember the Colonial Inn in downtown Roch.?

OK, this is a completely random subject, but one of my automatic Web searches triggered this nostalgic moment.

Dpchtlminn1 Colonial inn A 1917 postcard depicting Rochester's former Colonial Inn hotel at 114 Second St. S.W. is for sale right now on eBay.

Yeah, I know EVERYTHING is for on eBay right now, but this just caught my attention.

Mayo Clinic bought the Colonial Inn for $1.4 million in 2001. The Colonial Inn House Cafe, a sort of informal Mayo Clinic smokers lounge and good place for breakfast in the basement of the inn, closed Dec. 12, 2002.

Then the hotel was demolished in 2007. 122607colonialinn2jkIt is currently a Mayo parking lot.

Another notable point (to me personally) is that the postcard was mailed to Argus, Ind., a small town that was covered by a newspaper – The Sentinel – I worked for years ago.

The name of the Indiana city where The Sentinel newspaper is based?


OK, that ends Jeff's nostalgia session for the day and we return to our regularly scheduled business news and buzz.


Sorry, Jeff, that postcard depicts the lobby of the Colonial HOTEL, a completely different building. A portion of it still exists as the Colonial wing of Methodist Hospital, facing the Day's Inn.

The postcard does depict an interesting and brief slice in time, as the Colonial (which I believe was originally part of the Rochester Kahler empire) was intended to be a hospital-hotel but at the last minute was fully converted to a hospital before it could ever host a non-convalescing guest.

BTW, at the time the Colonial Hotel postcard was made and for many decades afterward, the Colonial Inn was known at the Martin Hotel. I don't think the named changed to Colonial Inn until the 1980s or '90s.

The name changed in Feb 1994.

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