History of The Lamoine Hotel
The Lamoine Hotel was built in 1926-27 as Macomb’s first large modern hotel, a necessity for a city with a busy railroad station and state university. Architects F.E. Berger and R.L. Kelley of Champaign designed the classical revival building; the tallest and most prominent in the city of Macomb.
Located at 203 North Randolph Street, The Lamoine Hotel is a well-recognized landmark in downtown Macomb. In addition to hosting visitors to Macomb, the hotel housed several local businesses and hosted community meetings and the Macomb Chamber of Commerce.
The Lamoine Hotel was Macomb’s preferred hotel and community meeting place until the 1950s when the automobile’s rise took away the railroad traffic which had given the hotel much of its business.
The hotel became an apartment hotel and ultimately closed for good in the following decades. The five-story building had housed The McDonough County Voice until 2014 when the ceiling on the building’s north side caved in. Chris Trotter, owner of Trotter Contracting Inc., bought the building later that year after the city secured tax increment financing to help repair the ceiling. Trotter has invested more than $6 million in the project.
The Lamoine boasts a rich heritage–and is now celebrating its transformation into an important part of Macomb’s future–a Retirement Living Community with brand new private apartments and living areas that senior residents will be proud to call home.
The Lamoine provides residents with amenities, services, or programs to meet every one of their physical, social, emotional, or spiritual needs.