|aerial imagery courtesy of Bing Maps|
|This photo was taken from the neighboring McDonald's and was meant to show the difference in elevation between the hotel's property and that of the surrounding area. The hill the hotel is on contains 5 other hotels and a church.|
At some point through the years, the hotel had been renovated, as shown by the new coat of paint on the roof.
|The front of the hotel|
|The hotel's entrance canopy. The skylight area can be seen in this photo, inside the lobby's glass area.|
Up until early June 2016, the only time I ever set foot inside a Signature Inn was back in 1991 when my family stayed in the Signature Inn Cincinnati North. Since starting this research project and blog, I made it somewhat of a mission to find an opportunity to stay in a former Signature Inn. Well, an opportunity came up in June and I took it without thinking twice. In fact, Canton was not the only one I stayed at for that trip, but the other one will come up in another post somewhere down the line.
I think what may have been my favorite feature of the hotels, besides their exterior design, is the lobby. The curved staircase that sits front and center, as well as the glass wall that lines the staircase and balcony definitely add a touch of class to the hotel. Even though they were designed as a mid-priced hotel, the atmosphere (at least for its time, back in the mid-1980s) was a little more upscale.
|the hotel's lobby and staircase|
The lobby's upper level included (and still does include) a computer for business use and a sitting area. Of course, the front windows let in plenty of natural light during the daytime.
Off the lobby in the lower level is the breakfast area. It has a glass wall to help create a division between the eating area and the lobby:
The hallways are pretty nondescript, but they are nice
A photo of one of the guest rooms:
The room was clean, comfortable, and about what one would expect for a mid-range hotel. One of the neater features about the room was something I like to think was original to the building -- the room's lockset:
This hotel retains its S-shaped pool, a typical feature of Signature Inns. Most of them, like this one, were outdoor pools.
And now for some newspaper goodness...
|newspaper photo showing the hotel's construction progress|
|classified ad advertising for help. This particular ad ran under 3 months ahead of the hotel's opening.|
|LEFT: advertisement for the hotel's 4/19/1989 opening RIGHT: advertisement for the hotel's 5/25/1989 grand opening|
|A May 31, 1989 photo of the hotel's manager on the spiral staircase|
|I took the photo from the newspaper advertisement above and tried to get one of my own photos from about the same vantage point. LEFT: 5/31/1989 RIGHT: 6/8/2016|
|7/26/1993 advertisement for the sale of this particular hotel, along with the one in Cleveland.|
|a classified ad that ran just after the hotel's sale and name change|
sources for this post include the Stark County, Ohio, auditor's website and imagery found through Bing Maps. Newspaper ads courtesy of The Akron Beacon Journal archived at newspapers.com
Photographs not accredited in their captions were taken by me. These and additional photos can be found here: Formerly Signature Inn by Ryan on Flickr with a special Canton album here: Former Signature Inn, Canton, Ohio