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The Baltimore Hilton & Towers Hotel, formerly the Lord Baltimore, is about to change names again - this time back to a flag it held four years ago.

The 440-room hotel is expected to become a Radisson on Tuesday. Details of a shift in ownership and the flag change were unavailable yesterday.

"We do not have a deal finalized," said Joan Cronson, a spokeswoman for Radisson's corporate office in Minneapolis. "We can't comment on it until we have something finalized."

But a search of the Radisson Web site yesterday showed that reservations were being accepted for the Radisson Plaza Hotel Inner Harbor at 20 W. Baltimore St. starting May 15.

A spokeswoman for the Hilton Baltimore confirmed that a sale and flag change is pending, but declined to provide any other information.

The hotel, which opened as the Lord Baltimore in 1928 at Baltimore and Hanover streets, has had several face lifts through the years and also underwent bankruptcy twice. The property struggled as the center of activity downtown shifted toward the harbor.

It went from being a Radisson Plaza to becoming the Baltimore Hilton & Towers in January 1997 after a Memphis, Tenn., hotel company teamed with an investors group to purchase it. At that time, Prudential Real Estate Investors and Memphis-based Davidson Hotel Co. bought the hotel from Universal Equities Group Ltd., a Washington-based investment group that had owned it since 1992.

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