Mysterious diplomat

What was the past of the Diplomat Hotel?  Was it always run-down, precarious, disreputable, as it now looks to be?

The city is peppered with such mysterious hotels, looking like they would rather not be occupied, not for long at least.  Their mute faces will never spill their histories.  Too bad—they are probably more intrigue-laden than a Dashiell Hammett story.

The Diplomat, silent to the last, has since been gutted, though the facade is still there, with its world-weary sign.

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