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Sovereign Apartment Hotel Exterior. Image courtesy CRCC collection.

The exterior of the Sovereign Apartment Hotel. Image courtesy CRCC collection.

Uptown Chicago: Hotel Sovereign

1040 W. Granville, at Kenmore

Sovereign Hotel Dining Room. Image courtesy CRCC collection.

Vintage postcard of the dining room at the Hotel Sovereign. Image courtesy CRCC collection.

The Sovereign was designed by architecht Walter W. Ahlschlager. At the time, its appointments and furnishings were, according to American Builder Magazine, the richest and most pleasing of the year among Chicago apartment hotels.

The rooms featured disappearing beds and mechanical refrigeration, while the “furnishings throughout breathe refinement and quiet elegance in accordance with the demands of the exclusive patronage which this apartment hotel enjoys.” Rentals ranged from $100 a month for a one-room apartment with dressing room and bath; $150 for a living room, dining room, kitchenette, entrance hall, dressing room, and bathroom; $260 for a three-room apartment; to $325 per month for the most desirable corner apartments.

Today the hotel is known as The Sovereign Apartments.

The back of the postcard of the exterior of the Sovereign reads:

Hotel Sovereign: 6200 N. Kenmore — Chicago 40, IL. BRiargate 4-8000. A hotel of character, with perfectly appointed apartments, suites, and hotel rooms. A luxurious dining room for delicious food and choice liquor. Tile swimming pool and massage salon. Located in the finest part of the beautiful North Side, overlooking Lake Michigan. One block from motor coaches and the elevated.


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