Collins-Karcher Hotel; Karcher Hotel for Active Senior Citizens
405 Washington Street
Waukegan, IL 60085
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.
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