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The Child’s Inspiration

A Royal Typewriter

In 1958 the building and hotel business was bought by the Russell family, who owned a drycleaning and dress suit rental business in the next block south. (This building still stands and is the canvas for Toledo’s iconic Martin Luther King mural; it still bears the Russell family name on the front.)

Legend has it that father was trying to come up with a new name for the hotel, and son happened to glance at a typewriter sitting nearby, a Royal brand — and the rest is history.

Hotel Royal ceased operation by the 1990s. Public-private efforts to convert the building to a hostel later in the decade failed, and it sat vacant for over thirty years, until now.

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