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OUR HISTORY

26 March 1912 

Harry Pattee announces that he and his brother William will build a three-story hotel on Willis Avenue to honor their father David Jackson (DJ) Pattee. 

 

20 April 1912 

Plans for the new hotel are submitted to Harry and William Pattee by their architect, Proudfoot, Bird & Rawson, for approval. 

 

19 July 1912 

DJ Pattee dies in Perry. 

 

23 August 1912 

Steel for the first two floors of the hotel arrives from Pittsburgh. 

 

1 November 1912 

Five companies submit bids to install plumbing in the new hotel; the lowest bid comes in at $11,001 and the job is awarded to Bailey & Pepper of Des Moines. 

 

18 February 1913 

Total cost of hotel furnishing is estimated at $14,000. 

 

29 May 1913 

Grand opening banquet for 375 is served and the hotel is open for business. 

 

4 February 1914 

Harry and William Pattee sell the Hotel Pattee. 

 

29 May 1915 

General Manager Frank Wray sells his interest in the hotel to Alex McSwan of Chicago. Mr. McSwan receives all furniture fixtures, equipment, and an eight-year lease. 

 

14 June 1915 

J.D. Gates of Illinois acquires the Hotel Pattee, 640 acres of land in Nebraska, 600 acres of land in Canada, and 80 acres of land in southern Iowa in exchange for 320 acres of farmland in Minnesota. 

 

2 October 1918 

Hotel’s Saturday night dance is postponed due to a Spanish influenza quarantine at Camp Dodge. 

 

12 November 1918 

Saturday night dances at hotel resume. 

 

4 September 1928 

The barn behind the hotel, at one time a stable for the Pattee family livestock and later a blacksmith shop, but always a Perry landmark, is torn down because of safety considerations. Best guesses put the barn at 35-40 years old (c. 1895). 

 

15 January 1930 

The Hotel Pattee reopens after the holidays with “Aunt” Rachael Carpenter in charge of the restaurant. Previously, “Aunt” Rachael had been the proprietor of the successful Perry restaurant, The Waffle Shop, and promises the same excellent food and service residents of Perry associate with her. 

 

21 July 1931 

Public restrooms at the hotel close due to lack of city subsidy for the water bill. 

 

17 November 1931 

William Arney of Enid, Oklahoma, purchases the Hotel Pattee. 

 

17 December 1935 

After a complete first floor renovation, the new Pattee Coffee Shop and Grill opens resplendent in walnut, maple, steel, and red leather with a menu featuring a special jelly omelet with sugar glaze and baked milk-fed chicken with celery dressing. 

 

10 December 1936 

William Arney sells the Hotel Pattee to J.E. DeBreuil. 

 

15 March 1939 

Edwin A. Boss and the Boss Hotels Company purchase the Hotel Pattee. 

 

11 August 1949 

The new Town Pump opens in the Hotel Pattee after a summer-long remodeling project. The remodeling also includes a new lobby switchboard and front desk. 

 

12 December 1963 

A $20,000 remodeling project converts 16 rooms into four apartments renting for $115 a month each. The third remodeling of the Hotel Pattee also includes a renovation of the dining room and the creation of the Plume Room, used for small parties. 

 

26 October 1966 

After 50 years, the canopy shading the front of the hotel is removed for remodeling. 

 

4 December 1972 

The hotel is transferred from the Boss Hotel chain to Meredith Shriver. 

 

8 April 1974 

After the hotel’s fifth remodeling, it opens with a new name—The Escadrille Inn. 

 

20 September 1974 

In less than two years, owner Meredith Shriver makes considerable changes to the hotel. The only original piece remaining from

1913 is the “Pattee” inscribed at the top of the building. 

 

1 October 1993 

The Escadrille Inn is sold by Meredith Shriver at auction and is bought by former Perry resident Roberta Green Ahmanson and her husband Howard. 

 

November 1995 

The Hotel Pattee closes for the first time in 82 years for interior demolition, and the first floor facade is removed. 

 

February 1996 

Construction, renovation, and restoration begin on the Hotel Pattee. 

 

29 May 1997 

A grand re-opening dinner for 160 reproduces and commemorate the first grand opening dinner exactly 84 years previous and usher in a new era of Hotel Pattee history. 

 

2 June 1997 

After two and a half years, the Hotel Pattee reopens with its canopy back in place, the bowling alley restored in the basement, a world class restaurant and chef, and 40 rooms and suites—all with their own bathrooms (which the 1913 design lacked). 

 

2004 

After two years of construction, Soumas Court is complete and is dedicated not only to George Soumas, but other community members of Perry. 

 

30 December 2006 

The Ahmansons close the Hotel Pattee. 

 

21 July 2008 

After being vacant for one and a half years, a Kansas company called Leisure buys the Hotel from the Ahmanson’s. The community of Perry put together a 5 year agreement in order to partner with Leisure. 

 

1 August 2013 

Leisure went to the Raccoon Valley Bank and negotiated a transfer of ownership back to the bank. 

 

1 November 2013 

Jay and Denise Hartz, along with the help of other investors, purchase the Hotel Pattee. They spent a significant amount of money cleaning up the place to be ready for reopening. 

 

March 2017 

All new bowling equipment was installed in the Arthur “Oley” Olson Bowling Alley. A total new renovation/upgrade including balls, shoes, computer system, etc. 

 

1 March 2018 

Tom and Vickie Maxwell take possession of the Hotel Pattee. 

 

30 May 2018 

For the fifth year in a row, the Hotel Pattee has received the Certificate of Excellence award after consistently having positive TripAdvisor reviews. The five consecutive years has earned the Hotel Pattee a place in the Certificate of Excellence Hall of Fame. 

 

August 2018 

Tom Maxwell and Aaron Lenz join together to open Perry’s own ice cream shop, Frio. 

 
 
 
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