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Omni Severin to Celebrate Centennial

Monday August 12th, 2013 - 9:18AM

INDIANAPOLIS, IN—On August 23, the landmark Omni Severin Hotel here will officially celebrate its centennial.

To commemorate the occasion, the Omni Severin is hosting a special Georgia St. block party for guests and locals alike, and will offer a weekend “Centennial Rate” for travelers through the remainder of 2013.

Built in 1913 by Henry Severin, the property originally was named the Hotel Severin. On Aug. 22, 1913, the hotel held its first event—the Christamore Settlement Ball—and a day later, Congressman James E. Watson was the first person to sign the hotel's guest register. Since that time, the hotel has hosted more than one million guests. Past U.S. presidents and royalty, Hollywood celebrities and music legends, have stayed at the AAA Four-Diamond property.

The hotel changed ownership several times through the decades, and was acquired by Omni Hotels & Resorts in 1990. Since then, it has undergone multimillion-dollar renovations including an overhaul of its 400 rooms and suites, and transformation of its eateries–now known as 1913 Restaurant, a farm-to-table restaurant featuring local and regional food influenced from restaurant menus that one would have experienced in the early 1900s; the Severin Bar, a premier sports bar within walking distance to major sports venues; and the Wine Thief, a casual wine bar

The public block party on Georgia St., adjacent to the Omni, will run from 5 to 8 p.m. on Friday, August 23 and feature live swing band music, classic cars on display, food and beverages, and interaction with the hotel’s staff who will wear clothes reflective of the early 1900s.

In addition, the Omni Severin will offer guests a “Centennial Rate” of $100 per night on weekends for the remainder of the year.