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The current Palmer Hotel is actually the third building to exist on the same site. The first, a gift from Potter Palmer to his wife, was unfortunately opened 13 days before the Great Chicago Fire in 1871, and did not survive. The building plans had been buried to protect them from the flames, so the building was rebuilt and reopened in 1875. It underwent a staged rebuilding again between 1923 and 1925, and was sold to Conrad Hilton in 1945. Later resold, it still remains as a Hilton chain. The building underwent renovation again between 2007 and 2009. Once touted as the largest hotel in the world, with 1,639 rooms it is still the second largest hotel in Chicago.
Along with its famous ornate lobby, it is also famous for being the birthplace of the chocolate brownie.
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