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Biltmore Hotel

The Biltmore Hotel was one of the most well-known hotels on St. Antoine. Purchased by entrepreneur Theodore Jones in 1916, it eventually became a top-tier hotel for Black visitors, with guests and visitors frequently noted in The Chicago Defender and other Black-owned publications. Years later, Club Three 666 Manager Richard L. King recalled that it was located on St. Antoine between Beacon and Adams, with a restaurant in the basement. The hotel’s generous spirit was reflected in Jones, who owned Jones’s Pool Room. Jones was known as “Paradise Valley’s most generous man”, with his obituary noting that “he is never known to have said ‘no’ to a hard luck story. … [I]t is suggested that he never had a single enemy.”



Henry D. Garnett, “Detroit News--Michigan State News.” The Chicago Defender. Nov 10, 1923, p. 20.

Elaine Latzman Moon. Untold Tales, Unsung Heroes : An Oral History of Detroit's African American Community, 1918-1967. Wayne State University Press, 1993, p. 163.

“Paradise Valley’s Most Generous Man Dies at Ripe Old Age of 62.” The Atlanta Daily World. Nov 27, 1937, p. 6.

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