Paxton Ballroom

Paxton Ballroom

J Master
Brothers CW, WT and JB Kitchen built the first Paxton Hotel for about $250,000. They named it after Omahan William Paxton, a frontier entrepreneur active in cattle production, railroading and freight. Among some of the prominent guests who stayed at the Old Paxton were "Buffalo" Bill Cody and William Jennings Bryan. Untill eight months and $1.5 million after demolition, the new Paxton Hotel opened. The hotel was regarded as one of Omaha's finer art deco buildings. The carpet in the lobby is said to be the largest ever used in any hotel at that time. The interior design was by Marshall, Field & Co. of Chicago. Features included 420 rooms, four dining rooms, a barbershop and a ballroom, plus modern amenities such as elevators, telegraph and cable services, and even a rooftop dog kennel with runways. Room rates started at $2.50 a night. #Hotel #Nebrasaka #Omaha #Praxton
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