The Park Hotel – 201 Knapp St., Toledo, OH 43604
Built in 1909 this grand brick structure is now down on it’s luck. The windows are broken out, there have been several failed businesses on the ground floor, and it is said that scrappers have gone through and illegally gutted the place. Nearby properties regard it as a tragic eye sore. The nearby business owners I talked to say that they have made attempts to contact the owners about the destruction and vandalism of the property and that the owners do not care nor do they make efforts to attend to the broken windows. The time is ticking here…. I did not get access to this structure because I lacked the safety equipment I prefer. I might return later to try and get better photos.
Interestingly one of the nearby business owners claims that a series of detective novels were partly based on this location. That the books involve a serial killer that actually came through and used the location. No clue if this claim is true or not.
Per the Toledo Blade there were recent plans for this location: http://www.toledoblade.com/local/2006/05/11/Historic-Park-Lane-Hotel-gets-refurbished.html – “The Park Lane Hotel in Toledo’s historic Old West End is in the midst of a makeover its new owners hope will turn what once was a retirement community into a collection of market-rate apartments and corporate suites.” This was in 2006, and I can clearly see nothing has become of such plans. The building is creeping past the point of return.
More location details: http://www.loopnet.com/Listing/16637559/201-Knapp-St-Toledo-OH/ , http://www.toledolegalnews.com/realestate/details/id/110956