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History

The Loraine was originally conceived in 1922 by Milwaukee hotelier Walter Schroeder as a 250 room hotel. Architect Herbert Tullgren designed the Tudor Revival structure and construction was completed by June, 1924. Hotel Loraine (named after a niece of Mr. Schroeder who died during the course of construction) was so popular that a 100 room addition was completed one year later in 1925.

Hotel Loraine was the largest and arguably the most prestigious hotel in Madison. At an initial cost of $1,100,000, Hotel Loraine was the most expensive commercial building in Madison. Its prominent location on the site of Henry Proudfit's home provided a seamless link between the affairs of Wisconsin's government at the State Capitol and the academia at the University of Wisconsin.

Hotel Loraine was renowned for its grand lobby, exquisite dining, and the fabulous Crystal Ballroom; site of many debutante balls, wedding receptions, and Madison's largest social functions.

Hotel Loraine hosted numerous notables during its history including Ethel Barrymore, Gloria Swanson, Mae West, Harry Truman, and John F. Kennedy.

The Schroeder family operated Hotel Loraine until 1968 when the structure was converted into office space for the State of Wisconsin.

The Department of Justice most recently occupied The Loraine Building until its new building was completed in October 2001.

The new millennium has brought new life to The Loraine. The City of Madison designated the building a national landmark due to its history, location and architectural significance. Furthermore, this gem of a building has been carefully restored and masterfully renovated back to residential use as luxury condominiums.

Source: The Loraine Condominium Homes