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PHILADELPHIA-Center City’s 108-year-old Divine Lorraine Hotel is up for sale for an undisclosed price. New York-based Goldman Properties acquired the building at 699 North Broad St. for about $2 million in May 2000.

In 1994, the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission recognized the 10-story, 124,050-sf property with an official historical marker. However, the hotel has been vacant for three years.

The hotel contains 264 guest rooms and two ballrooms. Its location affords panoramic views of the city skyline, the Delaware River to the east, and Fairmont Park to the north, and it offers easy access to public transportation and major thoroughfares from New York, Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

It was once owned by charismatic religious leader, Father Divine, who permitted followers and guests to stay there, providing they agreed to meet his morality requirements.

More recently it provided background scenery for the film, Dick Anderson Squad, a semi-documentary on the city’s first African-American police squad circa 1940s. Also, according to published reports, Goldman discussed a potential renovation of the hotel with fashion designer Todd Oldham that was never accomplished.

Locally based Binswanger/CBB is the exclusive agent for the sale by the owner identified as locally based Divine Lorraine LLC.

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