Hotel Libby - Libby, MT
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member BK-Hunters
N 48° 23.603 W 115° 33.140
11U E 607164 N 5361037
Quick Description: This hotel was a long time in the making. From ground breaking to the grand opening took no less than twelve years.
Location: Montana, United States
Date Posted: 3/9/2015 8:38:56 PM
Waymark Code: WMNG4E
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member TheBeanTeam
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Long Description:
To our knowledge the hotel is presently undergoing renovations to return it to its 1930s grandeur. It has been empty since the 1970s, resulting in a fair amount of deterioration which needs remediation.

Very much alive and well in 1920, the Hotel Libby placed this ad on page 47 of a Montana History book entitled Lincoln County Montana - History, Resources, Industrial Development and Record in The Great War, published in that year. The 55 page booklet offered a fairly complete look at Lincoln County and its cities, towns and villages as they were in 1920.

Hotel Libby

Coram Hotel (Hotel Libby)

Libby’s mining roots extended back to the 1860s, and after the railroad arrived in 1892, the town attracted additional investors. These included Boston capitalist James A. Coram, who thought the community was ready for a luxury hotel. Coram and his partners hired the Des Moines, Iowa, architectural firm of Liebbe, Nourse and Rasmussen to design the three-story building. Contractors broke ground in 1898. An economic downturn stalled construction, and the hotel stood framed under a three-story roof but otherwise remained unfinished for a decade.

In 1909, local businessmen C. E. Lukens and John Town purchased the building. The creation of Lincoln County that year no doubt motivated their investment. Finishing the luxury hotel was part of a mini-building boom that also brought electricity, concrete sidewalks, and an expanded water system to Libby, as the community vied to become the county seat. Portland contractor and architect Guy Manning revised the original plans to add modern amenities. Completed at an estimated cost of $35,000, the Coram opened March 1910. Soon after, the hotel was renamed Hotel Libby, and the “show hotel” became the town’s social center, even housing Libby’s first bank and, later, the public library from 1923 to 1936.

Between 1946 and 1949 many changes were made in an effort to update the hotel, including covering the original façade with locally produced siding and the addition of a neon sign. Prominent local artist Roy Porter was commissioned to paint three large landscapes that still grace the lobby today.
From the plaque at the hotel

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Lincoln County Montana - History, Resources, Industrial Development and Record in Thr Great War

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