Hotel Nonotuck (1915)

The Hotel Nonotuck opened in Holyoke in 1915 and featured such amenities as a fine restaurant and the rooftop Indian Garden, advertized as a “Glass Enclosed Restaurant” that “Affords Comfort from Wind and Chill” and provides a “Wonderful View of the Picturesque Connecticut” with “Perfect Cuisine” and “Dancing.” The building became a Roger Smith Hotel in the 1940s and from the ate-1960s was known as the Holyoke House. Continue on to see some more pictures of this historic building:

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One Response to Hotel Nonotuck (1915)

  1. Gail Marie Lonis says:

    I was born in1957 and worked at the Holyoke House beginning at the age of 18. I started in the coat room on the second floor which was the ballroom. It held 500 people and hosted such acts as the Jimmy Dorsey band as well as weddings and parties of all kinds. From there I worked on the first floor where I trained on the service bar in the lounge. George Chamberlain was my boss and he must have seen some hidden potential in me because he kept on giving me more and more responsibilities. I soon became the second head bartender and was given the choice of what parties I wanted to work. The roof garden was an exceptional place to work. All the best parties were up there and when my boss opened it up for lunches I was made head waitress. In my mid twenties and I was in charge of a whole crew. I’ve always appreciated the opportunities that man gave me. I went on to owning my own restaurant and lounge and it was all possible because of the faith that George Chamberlain had in me.

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