[Photo provided by the St. Charles History Museum]
[The Hotel Baker in downtown St. Charles was built by Col. Edward Baker in 1928 on the site of old Haines Mill.]
Its history is rich, dating back to a time when you could get a room for just $2.50 a night. It’s on the National Register of Historical Places, was one of the only hotels in the world to generate its own power, was advertised as one of the ideal places to stay during the World’s Fair in Chicago in 1933 and its long list of guests includes countless celebrities, such as Louis Armstrong, Richard Daley, Tommy Dorsey, Gerald Ford, John F. Kennedy and even Seattle grunge legends, Alice in Chains.
While a joyous celebration is a given, the gala will also allow attendees to reminisce from within the historic confines of a true treasure right in St. Charles. They’ll also have an opportunity to see actual footage of Col. Baker.