|aerial imagery courtesy of Bing Maps|
|map graphic courtesy of signature-inns.com at archive.org|
This hotel opened in 1969 as a Sheraton Hotel. It became a Best Western in 1991, before becoming a Signature Inn in 1997. Below is an undated postcard scan I found while browsing the Sangamon County Auditor's site that shows the hotel as a Sheraton:
Upon conversion to a Signature Inn, the hotel received a drive-through canopy in the style of nearly all of the rest of their hotels...
|1997 photo, courtesy of Sangamon County auditor|
While I found it neat to find a Polaroid shot of the front of the hotel shortly after its opening, I feel the below shot from 2007 gives a better view of the front of the hotel.
|2007 photo, courtesy of Sangamon County auditor.|
Newspaper articles from the State Journal-Register (you can read 7 free articles a month):
➤Two hotels planned at Signature Inn site
➤Local hotels in spruce-up mood
➤Convenience store plan in place for old Signature Inn
➤Days Inn closes, Residence Inn slated to open at Dirksen and Stevenson - This article doesn't quite pertain to the Signature Inn site, though there are a couple of notable dates at the bottom.
➤Old Signature Inn site to be subdivided
➤Shell Jiffi Stop planned at Dirksen and Stevenson
Below is a Google Maps capture from May 2012 showing the hotel site. Interesting the highway sign (at far left) remained for 2 1/2 years:
Finally, a shot of the hotel's property from a September 2014 Google Maps capture:
sources for this post include the Sangamon County, Illinois, auditor's website, signature-inns.com archived at archive.org, jamesoninns.com archived at archive.org, and imagery found through Bing Maps and Google Maps. Newspaper information courtesy of The State Journal-Register
Photographs of other Signature Inn locations can be found here: Formerly Signature Inn by Ryan on Flickr