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Hotel St. George

Hotel St.George, what have we done to you? In 1968, Billy Joel was lamenting the St. George’s demise on the Hassles album, Further from Heaven. When opened in 1885, the St. George was one of the largest in the city, and one of the first with electric lights, drawing celebrities from around the world. But after the owner’s death in 1921, the building went into decline. By the 1970’s, a strip club occupied the ground floor, and the building was a hotspot for crime. It was finally renovated After a devastating 1995 fire, and is now rented as student housing. The Clark street 2,3 still enters through the original lobby.