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Balcony House
Balcony House (Imperial, Nebraska) from S 2.JPG
Location 1006 Court St., Imperial, Nebraska
Area less than one acre
Built 1921 (1921)
NRHP reference No. 00000767
Added to NRHP July 5, 2000

The Balcony House is a historic building located at 1006 Court St. in Imperial, Nebraska. Initially constructed as a school, the building served as a hotel at a local tourist camp during the 1920s; it currently functions as a bed and breakfast. The building was added to the National Register of Historic Places on July 5, 2000.

History

The building was constructed outside of Imperial in the 1880s and initially served as a school. In 1921, the Nebraska Fire Marshal condemned the school, and the building was moved to its current location. A two-story addition was added to the building after its move to replace a similar addition which was left at the original site. At its new site, the building served as a hotel for a tourist camp along the Detroit-Lincoln-Denver Highway, a transcontinental highway which crossed Nebraska along the modern route of U.S. Route 6. The tourist camp became a prominent local business, hosting as many as 300 visitors in a day; it also hosted events such as free concerts and received regular coverage in the local newspaper. The camp closed in 1930 after the Great Depression reduced leisure travel and deprived the business of its customers. The building is currently used as a bed and breakfast.

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