History

1892-2017

Chronology

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1892

The Lorraine Apartments

Designed and constructed between 1892 and 1893 by architect Willis G. Hale, the Lorraine Apartments is one of the most luxurious and best preserved late 19th-century apartment houses in Philadelphia

 

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1900

Now The Lorraine Hotel

In 1900 the building became the Lorraine Hotel when the Metropolitan Hotel Company purchased the apartments

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1948

Father Divine

Father Divine, leader and head of the Divine Peace Mission Movement, acquired the building in 1948 from the Metropolitan Hotel Company, renaming it the Divine Lorraine Hotel.

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1965

Divine no more

Father Divine passes away

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1998

50 Years of Mission

Over the preceding fifty years, the Divine Lorraine Hotel served as the center of the Peace Mission’s international religious, civil rights and social welfare activities.

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1999

The Divine Closes

 

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2000

Divine Sold

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2006

Hope for the Lorraine

In May 2006 it was resold to Lorraine Hotel LP. to be converted into apartments. Development never came to fruition.

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2012

Eric Blumenfeld

In October 2012 the property was transferred to developer Eric Blumenfeld

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2015

Blumenfelds Vision

In February 2015 the developer announced renovation plans to convert the building into rental units with restaurants on the ground level

 

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2016

The Divine Lorraine Hotel Returns

By the end of 2016 the Divine Lorraine Hotel will be fully operational boasting 101 apartments and bustling lobby with restaurants and retail.