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An observation tower, located on the seventh floor, offered a panoramic view of the city. During the s, it was connected to both the Lehigh and Consolidated phone systems, the region's two phone companies. The hotel became a landmark in Allentown, hosting businessmen, wealthy travelers, political figures and other important guests to the city. Located in the heart of the Central Business district, it was a stop on the new electric street railway when it opened in , bringing visitors to the city directly from the Lehigh Valley Railroad Station at Third and Hamilton streets.

Roosevelt even spoke in to a cheering crowd from its balcony. After World War I, the level of accommodations in Allentown was on the mind of city leadership.

Allentown was growing rapidly due to industrialization and its leading hotels, such as the Allen, as well as the Lafyette and American were deemed as outdated due to their wooden construction. In the Hotel Bethlehem had opened and in the Hotel Easton, both concrete and brick structures. Allentown's city fathers said, that the region's largest city lacked a modern fireproof building like its rivals. Unfortunately it took a tragic, deadly fire for the city to finally get one with the Lafyette Hotel fire in The opening of the Americus Hotel in severely affected the Hotel Allen, with the new, larger and modern Americus attracting many of the visitors to Allentown that previously used the Allen.

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The hotel was used extensively during World War II but in the postwar era, it was clear that it had become outdated, and the property was condemned by Commonwealth building inspectors in November The sudden closure of the hotel forced about permanent residents to be evicted. The owners at the time, the Koch brothers who operated a clothing store on the ground floor, was allowed to remain open.

The property was completely rebuilt between and , the basement and the first three stories were modernized and turned into a three story clothing store. The First National Bank , then located adjacent to the hotel at 13 North Seventh Street purchased the property in The material on this site may not be reproduced, distributed, transmitted, cached or otherwise used, except with the prior written permission of PennLive LLC.

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