HISTORIC HOTELS, INNS & SPAS
I renewed my interest in hotel architecture and architects after discovering the vital part the Poinsett Hotel played in the reimagining of Greenville, SC. The hotel had survived almost 20 years of neglect; a symbol of what was not working in the core of the downtown district. The reopening of this hotel was key to Greenville’s past, present and future. Across the country there are countless cities in decline that are trying to find a way to reinvent themselves. The historic significance of Main Street USA architecture is playing a part in the rebuilding of these cities. Their are always naysayers who find a problem for every solution that make revitalization difficult. It is hard for the old guard families, who’s history they feel will be forgotten, to find a way to connect to a new vision for the place they call home. In 2016, people are making decisions about where to live based on a sense of place, and the availability of a significant architectural inventory they can afford and give new life. The romance of historic hotels, the part they play in the life of a community, an architect like W.L. Stoddard of New York, who designed the Poinsett, this was a subject I have throughly enjoyed researching and writing for this year’s blog challenge.
From A to Z, join me in April to enjoy hotels, inns and spas. Where possible, I have written from personal experience. Saving the Poinsett was key to further growth in Greenville. All of the places I have written about are important to their locations, the citizens and to the guests who pass through their doors.
Here is a sampling of what’s to come with photographs, youtube videos, and notes
The Francis Marion Hotel – Charleston, SC.
Mayflower Hotel – Seattle, WA.
The Evanston Orrington Hotel – Evanston, IL.
The Hotel Raffaello in ‘Monti’ – Rome Italy
O Henry Hotel – Greensboro, NC
“I do not think that when in a hotel you have to feel “at home,” on the contrary, you have to get the feeling that you are definitely elsewhere…”
― Aurelio Vazquez Duran