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The Bellevue-Stratford Hotel

Walnut St & S Broad St, Philadelphia, PA
The Bellevue-Stratford Hotel opened in 1904 at a then cost of $8,000,000. It quickly became the place to be for the Philadelphia upper class and continued to be so through the great depression. After which however, notably the 50's and 60's, the hotel was not maintained to the high degree it had been and its reputation began to slide.

In July of 1976 the hotel played host to a state-wide American Legion convention. After the event 34 attendees died and over 200 became ill. Bacteria living within the hotels heating, ventilating and air conditioning (HVAC) system was found to be the culprit. The bacteria is now know as Legionella. The deaths created a great deal of bad publicity and the hotel closed its doors in November of 1976.

The hotel was purchsed in 1978 and since then has undergone extensive restoration and renovation to return it to its once former gandeur.
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