Van Gilder Hotel
The Van Gilder hotel was built in 1916 by E .L .Van Gilder. He built it as a modern office building. Eventually, lodging rooms were added. At one time, Seward’s first newspaper, the Seward Gateway, worked out of the basement.
The building was used for many other things throughout the years. Mr. Van Gilder spent a lot of money to make this one of the best buildings in Seward. His daughter later said that he spent all that he had, so he was forced to sell the building. Apparently, Van Gilder's daughter did not care much for Seward. She said, “I don’t know why I should care so much about Seward. I lived there only one year.” The Van Gilder was purchased by Charles E. Brown.
The foundation is made out of concrete and railroad ties. It is a three story, stucco hotel. It was built very well. Originally, the first two floors contained twelve office suites with hot and cold running water and lavatories in every suite. The windows installed were fancy.
Many important people stayed there over the years. A lot of history happened at the Van Gilder. The Van Gilder is not only the oldest surviving hotel in Seward, it also was considered to be the largest and finest of Seward’s first three buildings made of reinforced concrete.
You can stay at this beautiful hotel on your next visit to Seward.