The Penn-McKee hotel was opened in 1926 and quickly became the
place for weddings, club meetings, and a variety of special events.
It has a particularly rich history in relation to important US
citizens and presidents. Harry Truman dined there during his 1944
Vice Presidential campaign, and the first time John F Kennedy and
Richard Nixon debated, long before they were well known outside of
their constituencies, was at the Penn-McKee hotel on April 22,
Besides hosting future presidents, it was considered the nicest
hotel in McKeesport. The building ceased being a hotel in 1980, and
operated as a nursing home until 1992. Various preservation groups
appear to be fighting over the building and it's future.