For the Sake of Hotel Art: Maumee Bay State Park Resort's Lighthouse Lens
What kind of art do you stick in your lobby if you're a Great Lakes resort perched near the entrance to a major harbor, with several famous lighthouses within easy driving (or boating) distance? Well, if you're the Maumee Bay State Park Lodge, you don't just hang a giant painting of a stormy lighthouse scene; you take the entire lens of one and install that.
This is the original 1904 glass lens for the Toledo Lighthouse, made in Paris by Barbier and Bernard. Its beam of light was visible 16 miles around. Eventually it needed replacing and was removed in 1995, eventually ending up here at Maumee Bay in 2008. These days the lighthouse utilizes a lens made of plastic.
Though it's northwest Ohio, rooms at the Lodge in the summer don't come that cheap. $150 is the starting rate, but you won't get a lake view without upping your budget to $175. Walking in to see the lens, however; that's completely free.