The Gladstone Hotel is a hub for history, the arts, and evening entertainment. Built in 1889, the hotel underwent a significant renovation in 2005 that included asking local artists and architects to each design one of its 37 rooms. The lobby features a cafe, bar, and ballroom (where great rooms originally stood). The second hosts gallery space, and the third and fourth floors house additional art as well as all the guest rooms. Connecting all four levels is the original wrought-iron elevator, which dates back to circa 1904. I was amazed by the enthusiasm of the hotel employees who took me up and down in the iron cage; each was eager to tell the story of the building and the elevator and full of genuine pride about the property.