Griggs House

Also known as:  Imperial Hotel


Griggs House, Digital Horizons 1
Griggs House, Digital Horizons 2



McCormack & Griggs mansard-roofed building on DeMers street looms up splendidly in the distance, and when completed will be an ornament to the town.  It is currently reported that it will be used for a hotel.  (Grand Forks Herald, Thursday, June 3, 1880, Volume I, Number 50, Page 1)

Griggs House, DeMers street, C. B. Ingalls, Proprietor.  (Grand Forks Daily Herald, Sunday, January 8, 1882, Page 4)

The Griggs House.  This is the largest hotel in the city.  It is located on DeMers avenue, near the business portion of the city.  It is a large three-story brick-veneered building, with accommodations for over one hundred guests.  The present proprietor is Mr. C. B. Ingalls, a gentleman who has been very successful in its management.  (brochure on the history of Grand Forks, microfilm, personal collection, donated to Chester Fritz Library Department of Special Collections, Page 45)

Griggs, C. L. Boardman, prop., 522 DeMers Ave.  (Grand Forks and North Dakota Manual for 1885, William L. Dudley, Plaindealer Book and Job Rooms, 1885, Page 118)

Griggs House, corner DeMers avenue and 6th.  (Grand Forks City Directory 1889-90, Chas. Pettibone & Co., Publishers, Aberdeen, S. D.)

The Griggs House is better known to the traveling public than any other hostelry in the northwest.  Erected in the early days of Grand Forks, and for years the leading hotel of the city, its spacious roof has sheltered many thousand travelers.  The Griggs has recently achieved a new popularity under the management of C. C. Gifford, who is now the proprietor.  Mr. Gifford is a hotel man of long experience and an enviable reputation among the traveling public.  Mr. Gifford has refitted the Griggs throughout and its spacious parlors, dining room, and sleeping apartments have a coziness and cheerful aspect about them which makes the house very homelike to the traveler.  The Griggs is just across the street from the Great Northern passenger depot, a fact that will be appreciated by the transient visitors in Grand Forks.  No tedious transfers in omnibuses, and yet the house is convenient to the business section of the city.  The table service at this hotel is of the best, and the house is fitted up with modern conveniences throughout.  Mr. Gifford has made the wants of the traveling public a life-study, and the very extensive patronage accorded him shows the appreciation of his efforts in their behalf.  (City of Grand Forks Illustrated, William L. Dudley, The Herald, Printers and Binders, Grand Forks, 1897, Page 65)


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