The old Saik Hotel makes it easy to see why Hammond was a popular tourist destination. This handsome two-story red brick building was built at the turn of the century to serve Hammond’s bustling tourism industry.
The first floor functioned as retail space. Patrons entered the building through an entrance in the center of the block. Once inside people could enjoy the view of downtown Hammond from the tall windows of the second story lobby or walk next door to the Ritz Theatre.
The white keystones and cornices stand out against the red of the brick. The corbelling across the top draws attention to the small brick details that may otherwise have been overlooked. The block is frequently referred to as the Baltzell Block and once featured a skating rink.