A Hotel of Rare Charm

The Hampshire Arms Hotel spent the better part of the last century standing on the corner of 4th street and 9th. The hotel was popular for its lovely courtyard. Famous doorman. George Route greeted guests at the Hampshire Arms for fifty years. When he passed away in 1953, Jet magazine ran an obituary for him. The hotel was home to a group of Ojibwe women from Red Lake through much of the 1940′s. They worked cleaning rooms and slept in a basement annex. In 1949 Robert Penn Warren took a room at the hotel and a job teaching at the University of Minnesota. The building was built as an apartment complex and owned by Eric L. and William D. Luce. The father and son are better remembered for their electric railway to Hutchinson.