The Ariel Broadway Hotel has been inducted into Historic Hotels of America, the official program of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.
Ariel Broadway Hotel, 301 Broadway in downtown Lorain, along with other iconic and legendary historic hotels and resorts in the United States of America, Puerto Rico and Washington, D.C., have been recognized by Historic Hotels of America for the preservation and maintenance of its historical integrity, architecture and ambiance.
The hotel is recognized for its contribution to the preservation of one of Lake Erie’s finest historic buildings.
To become a member of the organization, the Ariel Broadway Hotel had to maintain the historic integrity of the building’s architecture and atmosphere and demonstrate its historical significance to the Lorain community.
“We are honored to be the only hotel in Northern Ohio to be inducted into America’s Historic Hotels,” said Radhika Reddy, co-owner of the Ariel Broadway Hotel. “As a 100% women-owned business, we are proud to have had the honor of restoring this iconic historic building, especially one that has been a catalyst and transformative project for the town of Lorain.”
The Ariel Broadway Hotel is also owned by Irene Zawadiwsky, Lynn Selzer and Annette Stevenson.
“We are all involved in not only saving this building, but also real estate finance that specializes in saving historic buildings across the country,” Reddy said. “We bring together historic tax credits and other opportunities to preserve buildings in urban areas.”
Reddy said they hope the honor will bring more tourists to the area.
“We believe this will help domestic tourism, as these are groups visiting historic hotels,” she said. “It’s putting it on a national map because every historic hotel is marketed by the agency.”
To be selected as a member of Historic Hotels of America, a hotel must be at least 50 years old; designated by the United States Secretary of the Interior as a National Historic Landmark or listed or eligible for listing on the National Register of Historic Places; and recognized as having historical significance.
The hotel was originally built in 1926 by a Cleveland architect and has become a local hotspot for several businesses, including doctors’ and lawyers’ offices, as well as a bowling alley.
Following the decline of commercial activity, in 1975, the town of Lorain offered to acquire the building and possibly demolish it and clear it for the urban renewal site.
In 1988, the building was reborn and transformed into a hotel which closed in 2005.
It then stood again in a vacant state of disrepair for over a decade.
Then in 2017, the Régie Portuaire et Financière du Lorain called on Reddy, a local entrepreneur and urban developer, who agreed to save this historic building located in the heart of the historic and entertainment district of downtown Lorain.
“Historic Hotels of America commends Radhika Reddy for her wonderful stewardship of historic preservation, her dedication to restoring the Ariel Broadway Hotel, and her vision for the future of Lorain, Ohio,” said Lawrence Horwitz, executive vice president. of Historic Hotels. of America and Historic Hotels Worldwide. “Lorain’s downtown historic and entertainment district, other businesses, residents and future generations of visitors will benefit from Radhika Reddy’s vision and the investment in the Ariel Broadway Hotel will be a model for others .”
Reddy said the hotel will continue to implement new ideas to bring out the community.
The Ariel Broadway Hotel will host a Roof Top Sunset Bar and Bistro from 5:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. on May 20.
“The rooftop overlooks the waters and a beautiful sunset,” Reddy said. “We’re going to have different caterers from Lorain and across the county serving the food.”
For more information, visit Historic Hotels of America.