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Fire the last chapter in the colorful history of the Drake Hotel in Minneapolis

Updated: December 26, 2019 06:47 PM

Before the Francis Drake Hotel became housing for people experiencing homelessness and burned on Christmas morning, it hosted members of high society in Minneapolis and visitors from around the world. It also welcomed guests who often had nowhere else to stay. 

When the Drake opened in 1926, it billed itself as a luxury hotel. 

It was also listed in the Green Book, a travel guide for African Americans that provided the names of safe hotels and restaurants. 

Here's a look at its colorful past.

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