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Eppley Hotel Company

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Industry  Hospitality
Founded  1917
Founder  Eugene C. Eppley
Type of business  Privately held
Eppley Hotel Company
Headquarters  Omaha, Nebraska, United States

The Eppley Hotel Company was located in Omaha, Nebraska. At the time of its acquisition by the Sheraton Corporation in 1956, it was the largest privately held hotel business in the United States.

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About

Owned by hotel magnate Eugene C. Eppley, the company was established in 1917. There were 22 hotels spread across six states.

Properties

The 22 hotels in the Eppley Hotel Company's portfolio included Pittsburgh's William Penn Hotel, the Seelbach Hotel in Louisville, Kentucky and Hotel Fontenelle in Omaha, Nebraska.

Other properties included the West Hotel in Sioux City, Iowa, which was built in 1903 and became part of the Eppley chain of hotels in the mid-1930s. The West Hotel was razed in 1953. Sioux City's Warrior Hotel was built with the name "Fontenelle Hotel" in 1930. Known as the Warrior Hotel soon thereafter, Eppley bought the Warrior in 1936. Eppley Hotels sold the Warrior to the Sheraton Corporation of America in 1956.

Omaha's Hotel Fontenelle was built in 1914. An exquisite venue, the Fontenelle hosted dignitaries and luminaries of all sorts, including Presidents Harry S. Truman and John F. Kennedy. After Eppley sold it to the Sheraton corporation, the hotel eventually went to ruins, closing in the 1970s. It was demolished in 1983.

In 1927, Eppley commissioned four murals by Grant Wood for his hotels in Council Bluffs, Cedar Rapids, Waterloo and Sioux City. The original piece painted for Eppley's Martin Hotel dining room in Sioux City, one of the Corn Room series, is now located in the Sioux City Art Center.

Merger

Eugene Eppley sold the company to Sheraton Hotels in 1956 for $30 million. The hotel chain's sale was, at the time, the second largest hotel sale in United States history.

References

Eppley Hotel Company Wikipedia


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