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Stratford Springs Hotel in Wheeling

Opened on May 1, 1907, the Stratford Hotel was built as a spa resort near a natural “saline-chalybeate” spring said to have “certain healing powers,” powers to cure everything from headaches, indigestion, and rheumatism to “kidney trouble” and even “bad teeth.”

Nearly a block long and composed entirely of wood, this playground of the elite offered 84 guest bedrooms, a spacious lobby, numerous elegant dining rooms, sweeping verandas, a billiard parlor, bowling alley, tennis courts, a writing room, three sun parlors and a grand ballroom where formal dances, concerts, and elaborate costume balls were held. The “Gem of Wheeling,” said the Wheeling News-Register, “was beautifully located near the foot of Woodlawn hill and nestled in a perfect bower of trees and shrubbery that made it a beautifully cool and sequestered spot during the sultry days of mid-summer.”

The Stratford Hotel was destroyed in a fire, January 13, 1918. The spring house, where water and carbonated beverages were made by the Stratford Magnesia Springs Co., survived the fire and continued to bottle product for several years.

Read more about the Stratford Springs Hotel fire on Archiving Wheeling's Blog: Like a Comet in the Sky: Wheeling’s Stratford Springs Hotel 


Location

▶ Destroyed in a 1918 fire the Stratford Springs Hotel was located in Woodsdale, just off Edgwood Street (Near the Stratford Arms Apartment Complex on Stratford Dr.)


Images

Stratford Springs


Newspaper Articles

▶ Stratford Springs Hotel Burned to Ground, Wheeling News-Register, Monday, January 14, 1918
▶ Only Gaunt Chimneys Mark Stratford Springs Hotel Site, Wheeling News-Register, January 15, 1918
▶ Remembering the Stratford HotelWheeling News-Register, Monday, March 22, 1936
Many Recall Plush "Stratford Springs," Wheeling News-Register
▶ Stratford Springs Reborn in Wheeling, 1990
Way Back When, Laura Phillips Miller, Wheeling News-Register, Sept. 16, 1992  


Additional Resources

 ▶ Vertical File: Stratford Springs Hotel: Wheeling Room, non-circulating, ask for access at the reference desk.
 ▶ Archiving Wheeling Blog Post: Like a Comet in the Sky: Wheeling’s Stratford Springs Hotel


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