Historic District Downtown Building Inventory
St. George Hotel/Hotel Revere (Site ID 46)
Joseph M. and Martha Pomeroy, the town founders, erected the original St. George Hotel in May 1878. On the comer of Seventh and Main streets, the wooden hotel was a popular stage stop known for its excellent meals. The lumber for the building came from the Blue Mountains and hauled to town by Tom Burlingame. Shortly after Pomeroy constructed the hotel, he sold the building to G.A. Sawyer in 1879. The Pomeroys divorced and the hotel was sold to Martha Pomeroy in March 1881. Martha Pomeroy married Harry St. George in September 1881 and changed the hotel's name to the St. George Hotel. The couple operated the hotel until 1887 when Colonel J.W. Hunt purchased the St. George. Hunt had been the proprietor of the hotel since the summer of 1886. Hunt expanded the business in 1888 by constructing a two-story annex made of local brick that stood directly west of the wooden hotel. In August 1888, a smaller structure was removed from the site to make way for the new brick annex. By December, the $16,000 annex was almost completed and was said to have elegant bedrooms, carpeted halls, modem conveniences, and a bridal chamber (East Washingtonian, 10 January 1889).
By July 1891, Alexander and Florence Gilmour were the sole proprietors of the hotel, and planned to build a new brick building to replace the original wooden St. George Hotel. Their plans never came to fruition. By 1894, the G.L. Campbell took over the ownership of the hotel. In April 1901, proprietor H.L. Lanning asked the City Council for permission to move the wooden St. George Hotel to a lot directly to the south (Allen House, current location of Resource #54). Permission was granted and Lanning constructed a new brick building adjoining the two-story annex. The hotel was completed in 1902 after Lanning successfully connected to the city's water main. The proprietors changed the name of the hotel to the Hotel Revere after the brick structure was erected. Over the years, the hotel has had many proprietors and housed a variety of businesses.
Some of the long-time occupants of the building include L.F. Koenig & Co. (1902 until the 1920s), Tammany Hall, Piggly-Wiggly Grocery Store, restaurants, beauty parlors, the newspaper office, and an auto parts store. The current owners are in the process of rehabilitating the building for use as a store, residence, and bed and breakfast. A drinking fountain originally was located along Main Street in front of the hotel.
Based on research by
Donovan & Associates.
Drawn between 1882 and 1887, the St George Hotel, from
The top of a piece of stationary, when H. D. Poyneer was Proprietor
1909, Looking East on Main Street. The sign on the front of the Hotel Revere Building is for "Koenig's."
Laundry service behind the Hotel Revere. There are also rooms in the basement of the "Brick Addition" that contained bathtubs for farmers coming in for a weekend in town.
August, 1914. There's a new chef in town, Pomeroy.
Thanksgiving Dinner, 1914, at the Revere Hotel, Pomeroy.
1915 or 1916
The dirt streets seems to date this to before the 1916 paving of main Street
From the teens. Notice the "L. F. Koenig & Co." sign above entrance to the retail. The Hotel lobby was in the "Brick Addition."
Celebrate the new Year with the Revere Hotel, Pomeroy.
The New Year's dinner went so well, the Revere offered another dinner a week later..
Merchants' Lunch at the Revere Hotel, 1920.
1936, The Third Floor is being remodeled to change the overnight rooms into long-term rentals.
1940's. Note the straight vertical "Revere Hotel" sign.
This shot from the late 40's was given to me by Doris Landkammer. It was enclosed with a Christmas card from Viola Rickman who owned the parts store in the retail part of the building. The large, neon Hotel Revere sign was on the corner and there was a bit of a portico over the door to the Hotel Lobby. That was also the Greyhound Station at this time.
Three-room apartment $55 a month at the Revere Hotel, Pomeroy, in Winter, 1960.
Taken sometime after 2012 (Because that's when that white Focus showed up). Photo by Ian Poellet (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0 %5D, via Wikimedia Commons)
August, 1914. Getting ready for school.
March, 1919. Miss those corsets, ladies?
Summer, 1919. "Latest Novelties in Silk Dress Goods"
Sometime in 1919. Spend $20 here in cash and you'll get $2 change which will buy you 5 yards of gingham and then you get 20¢ more in change which goes into the little one's piggy bank. Pomeroy High Finance.
The 'Arch Preserver Shoe.' Get 'em at Koenig's in Pomeroy in 1919.
April, 1920. I haven't found the issue which followed this advertisement, so I'm as much in the dark as yu are.
LUDWIG F. KOENIG
The city of Pomeroy and Garfield county deeply mourn the death of Ludwig F. Koenig. To many his removal comes as a personal bereavement. Possessing a high sense of honor and a genial disposition he endeared himself to a large number of his fellowmen.
Broad-minded, with liberal views and good judgement, his counsel frequently was sought by businessmen and the leaders of the several societies with which he was identified.
Throughout his long business career he commanded the implicit confidence of all with whom he had dealings. Strong in principle and firm in his convictions he stood for the best interests of community and state. He was a pillar in his church an aid to bis town, a firm support in every worthy cause.
Sad news for Pomeroy in Spring, 1920.
The store would continue though. Because it's a corporation.
This question has been asked since May, 1920.
Another May, 1920, advertisement
A complete stock of McCall's Patterns in April, 1921.
(Don't tell my wife.)
May, 1921, and it was time for "Dollar Days."
October, 1922. Good prices now, but what ws the price of wheat then?
December, 1922, and Koenig's is giving away a life size doll!
Late February saw Koenig's advertising their upcoming Canned Foods Week.
1924. The market's up, The national election is coming, the market's up, there are dances every weekend at the Evergreen Highway Pavilion and the Seeley Hall, and the Market's Up. It's Prosperity Time
September, 1924, and you could wander into Koenig & Co. at 3rd and Main and pick up a beautiful wool Hart Schaffner & Marx suit for $50.00.
Castlemoyle Books, Christmas, 2019