The Karcher Hotel

Reservations for GhostsAKA:
Collins-Karcher HotelKarcher Hotel for Active Senior Citizens

405 Washington Street
Waukegan, IL 60085

Years Active:

Brick and Spanish Revival high-rise luxury hotel built at the height of the city’s ‘Big Building Boom’. Largely populated by Chicago travelers and families of sailors; the Karcher operated as a transient hotel for forty years before changing hands in the ’60s, and again in the early-’80s. Destroyed by fire on Christmas Eve 1984, which killed eight on the upper floors, and abandoned for the next 27 years.

Status: ACTIVE; restored as the Karcher Artspace Lofts in 2012. 

Article: The Karcher Hotel

Flickr sets: 8/15/11 (post-restoration: 10/20/12, 12/15/12, 4/20/13, 10/23/13)