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Partnering with local buisness to honor local history

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Thank you to business owner Matt Greene for touring myself and Courtney, our local history librarian, around his new hotel, The Courtyard Marriott of Niagara Falls, NY. This modern hotel celebrates the local history of Niagara Falls by incorporating historic photos from the Niagara Falls Public Library in the decor of the building. The hotel itself is located in the historic Niagara Chocolate factory building which later became Moore’s Business Forms. A photo of the outside of the newly renovated building will be forthcoming.  Due to a recent winter storm in Western New York,  outdoor photography is challenging as that our landscape is covered by four feet of snow.

The above historical photo of the Chocolate Factory greets visitors in the entry foyer, with a plaque explaining the partnership between the Hotel, Niagara Historical Society.  Each photo is cited as originating from the Niagara Falls Public Library.  Courtney, our Local History Librarian was integral in pulling the images from the Library’s collection.

The lobby’s decor, as much of the hotel, is decorated in a contemporary look, yet retains the grittiness of the industrial use of the building, such as the cement pillars in the lobby.

Each image, in the form of a  wall mural at the elevator landing of each floor, or a galvanised burnt aluminium image hanging in the guest room hallways,  offers an authenticity of experience of place.


Our thanks to Matt, one of the hotel’s owners and developers for honouring Niagara Fall’s local heritage.

Author: spotwin

While I am a librarian , I am a reading cheerleader. The purpose of this library blog is to better promote reading and information literacy to my community. I love books, reading with my son, properly placed apostrophes, canoeing, locating the nearest Starbucks, cheering the Montreal Canadians, and Cherry Garcia ice cream.

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