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In 1914, John and Julia Heaume purchased the property located at 40 N. Fountain from the Masonic Lodge. There, they opened a restaurant called, “Interurban Lunch and Dining Hall,” but they had a different dream which was to build a hotel. In 1915, the previous property was taken down and construction for the Heaume hotel began.
On a Thursday in August, 1917, music from the Hawken’s orchestra filled the air while John and Julia Heaume welcomed visitors to their newly built hotel. From 2 o’clock until 10 o’clock, visitors were welcomed to come and visit it. The hotel consisted of 80 rooms to fit the needs of its customers; as well as the price with the slogan, “Room and Bath for a Dollar and a Half.” The first of many guests to register was Henry Krausman who was placed in room 209. Throughout the evening, Mr. and Mrs. Heaume were awarded many flowers and congratulations on a job well done. And, upon viewing the hotel, many citizens couldn’t help but stand across the street and admire the structure and what it brought to Springfield – a sense of pride.
Also, during the hotel’s good times, the Heaume hotel was known for its restaurant called the “Jacamar Tea Room.” The name was inspired by the names of John and Julia’s three children – Jack, Catherine and Marjorie. The restaurant had well-known food and service bringing people from all over the state.
But, like many Americans, the Heaumes’ were blindsided by the Great Depression. While losing everything but the hotel, the family lived in it. It wasn’t until 1952 when they were officially out of debt. By this time, the Jacamar Tea Room was closed because a lack of help. The restaurant was eventually turned into a bar for the hotel customers.
Then, nearing its 46th birthday, Mr. and Mrs. Heaume’s hotel went into the hands of H. and S. Hotel Co. which is owned by Star Hotel Co. of Detroit. The Heaume hotel was leased to the company for 10 years. But, after blessing Springfield with 56 years of memories, the doors to the Heaume hotel official closed on October 5th, 1973.
Though John and Julia’s hotel didn’t make it to its 60th birthday, the future held other plans for the building. Ruby Tuesdays unofficial opened one Friday night on the 19th of 1977, but the business was not yet ready for customers. The waitresses had to turn crowds of people away. It wasn’t until 8 pm when the staff was finally ready for customers. Portions of the building where the restaurant was built were re-built. It can be best described as Victorian style with stained glass pictures. Nevertheless, the atmosphere of the restaurant was informal. While Ruby Tuesdays did shut down, the building still remained.
Besides a few night clubs here and there, Buffalo Wild Wings took the building into the next century. However, one can visit the now changed Hueame hotel lobby and dining hall by entering Ruby’s Pub.
- Citizens are pleased with Hotel Heaume. (1917, August 30). The Springfield Daily News.
- Heaume is leased to Detroit chain. (1963, September 14). The Springfield Daily News.
- Heaume Hotel will close on Oct. 5. (1973, September 5). The Springfield News Sun.
- Gentle Pen: The memoirs of Julia Heaume. (2001, May 14). Springfield News Sun
- Customers stage big opening for downtown restaurant. (1977, August 20). The Springfield News Sun.
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