Peabody Hotel

This Italian Renaissance building holds great historical and cultural significance. The original hotel opened in 1869, but it eventually burnt down. The present building was finished during the roaring 20’s and has had several owners including the Sheraton Hotel group. In 1933 the General Manager had been hunting and had a little too much to drink.  Upon his return, he placed three live ducks in the lobby fountain and it was a hit! In 1940, Bellman Edward Pembroke, a former circus animal trainer, offered to help with delivering the ducks to the fountain each day and taught them the now-famous Peabody Duck March. Mr. Pembroke became the Peabody Duckmaster, serving in that capacity for 50 years until his retirement in 1991, enduring through several owners.   The Belz family, who owned the mortgage on the building when the owners declared bankruptcy in 1975, decided to spend $25 million on renovation and reopened it in 1981. Still today the ducks are brought down from the roof twice each day to swim in the lobby fountain! This place has an awesome nostalgic atmosphere that I tried to recreate in these images taken with minimal equipment and then modified in Photoshop CC.