Y/M/D Person Association Description Composition Food Event
Y/M/D Person Association Description Composition Food Event
1915/05/00 Bankers Realty Investment Company Developer Bankers Reality Investment Company, a commercial and residential real estate developer, breaks ground for the Blackstone Family Hotel on a lot bought last March at 36th and Leavenworth from the Kountze Estate. They financed the project for $300,000.
1916/02/01 Francis W Fitzpatrick Architect The Blackstone is completed for the Bankers Realty Investment Co as a residential hotel. Rents are $42.50 and up for the year rather than the day and receive hotel services. Although there are single room units, most are suites with 6 to 8 rooms.
1920/12/00 Charles Schimmel Owner Charles Schimmel buys the Blackstone for $800,000.
1921/00/00 Reuben Kulakofsky, a Jewish Lithuanian-born co-owner of a wholesale grocery, the Central Market, begins playing Sunday night poker games with hotel owner, Charles Schimmel, at Schimmel's Blackstone Hotel.
1926/00/00 Schimmel Bernard, son of Charles Schimmel, begins two years of studies at the Ecole Hoteliere in Lausanne, Switzerland.
1928/00/00 Charles Schimmel asks his son Bernard to create something good with corned beef and sauerkraut, saying Reuben wants a sandwich with sauerkraut. Bernard makes a sandwich of corned beef, sauerkraut, Emmental cheese and Russian dressing on grilled pimpernel. Reuben Sandwich
1929/00/00 The Reuben sandwich is added to the Blackstone coffee shop menu. Eventually the Reuben will be included on the menus of all four of the Schimmel hotels. Reuben Sandwich
1930/00/00 In the late 1920s, the Orleans Room restaurant at Blackstone Hotel's serves Butter Brickle ice cream made by mixing in Fenn's Butter Brickle Candy Ice Cream Flavoring.
1935/00/00 The recently opened Plush Horse restaurant in the Blackstone Hotel offers a "Rueben" sandwich for 50 cents. Reuben Sandwich
1945/00/00 The Plush Horse at the Blackstone Hotel offers a "Rueben" sandwich for 60 cents. All prices are our ceiling prices or below. By OPA regulation, our ceilings are based on our highest prices from April 4 to 10, 1943. Reuben Sandwich
1956/00/00 Fern Snider, a former waitress at the Blackstone Hotel, wins the National Restaurant Association's Sandwich of the Year award with her Reuben. The recipe is published in the association's magazine where it gains popularity in American restaurants. Reuben Sandwich
1975/00/00 "Joslyn Presents Bernard Schimmel's Masterpieces" a cookbook by Bernard Schimmel is published.

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Particulars for Blackstone Hotel:
Area of Significance Architecture
Criteria Architecture-Engineering
Sight Category Building
Area of Significance Commerce
Criteria Historic Event
Historic Use Hotel
Architectural Style Late 19th and 20th century revivals
Owner Private
Historic Use Restaurant
Architectural Style Second Renaissance Revival

US National Registry of Historic Places Data »

Accurate at time of registration: 11th January 1985

Registry Name: Blackstone Hotel
Registry Address: 302 S. 36th St.
Registry Number: 85000067
Resource Type: Building
Owner: Private
Architect: Fitzpatrick,F. W.
Architectural Style: Late 19th and 20th century revivals, Other
Attribute: Second Renaissance Revival
Area in Acres: 1
Contributing Buildings: 1
Certification: Listed in the National Register
Level of Significance: Local
Area of Significance: Commerce, Architecture
Applicable Criteria: Event, Architecture-Engineering
Period of Significance: 1900-1924
Significant Year: 1916
Historic Function: Domestic, Commerce, Trade
Historic Sub-Function: Hotel, Restaurant
Current Function: Vacant, not in use
Current Sub-Function:

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