As I pulled up to the Chase Park Plaza to see the cake, it was hard to believe that it was in fact Cake #150 right there in front of me. While I knew then (and still recognize now writing about all of them), I still had a long way to go to get to my goal of seeing all the cakes, it felt good to hit a milestone like this one.
For some quick history: The Chase Hotel was built in 1922 by Chase Ullman. In 1929 Sam Koplar built the Park Plaza Hotel, and in 1947 the two hotels were merged to create the Chase Park Plaza.
Fun fact: Before the two hotels merged, there was an underground system of tunnels that connected one building to the other supposedly as an easy way for staff to travel from one building to the next, but there is evidence that rich patrons would use the tunnels to get from party to party and the tunnels were great places to hide booze during Prohibition…sneaky, sneaky!
Over the years, the Chase Park Plaza has been host to numerous entertainment events including a weekly wrestling tournament and the Miss. America Pageant in 1956. It’s also believed that every president from the 1920s to the 1980s stayed at the Chase at some point during their presidency.
While the hotel closed for a short time in the late 80s and early 90s, it was reopened in 1999 and is currently on the National Register of Historic Places.
At the time Miles and I visited the Chase, it was merely a pretty sweet final destination for a cake hunting day well spent, but in the time since that adventure, the Chase has become a popular haunt for Mercutio Krispytreats and myself due to their $5 movie nights (oh yeah, they’ve got a movie theater inside!). There really is nothing like walking up the steps to the Chase and seeing the name of the movie you’re about to enjoy on the huge marquee out front….and then getting trapped in their revolving door (but that’s a story for another time). 🙂