Welcome to the #AtoZ Blog Challenge and a Tour of Hotels & Inns
The American Club
An explanation of this year’s theme choice: 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 survived almost 20 years of neglect. The reopening of this hotel was key to Greenville’s 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. In 2016, people are making decisions about where to live based on a sense of place and the availability of a significant architectural inventory that awaits a new life. The romance of historic hotels, the part they play in the life of a community caused me to choose ‘Hotels & Inns’ as my theme for this year’s #Challenge. Where possible, I have written from personal experience of the places on this arm chair tour. Saving the Poinsett was key to Greenville’s sense of place. The hotels and Inns on this #Challenge tour are also key to their communities. Enjoy!
Because of this introductory explanation, my allotment of your availability is now limited, leaving time for only a brief introduction to The American Club that played a part in the surprise 40th birthday of our oldest daughter. It was the perfect place to hid out for the day. There is splendid architecture, golf, the Kohler museum, and lovely restaurants.
A brief note on how The American Club came to be: Richard Philipp was an American architect in Wisconsin who in 1906 partnered with Peter Brust in the firm of Brust & Philipp based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He worked on “Kohler Village” for Walter Kohler, designing structures built from 1916 through the mid-1920s. What became The American Club hotel was built in 1924, a historic Five-Star hotel located one hour north of Milwaukee and 2.5 hours north of downtown Chicago. The English Tudor-style structure was once a dormitory for the workers of Kohler’s bath supply company at the turn of the 20th century. The space has been lavishly updated.
Tomorrow we will begin our tour without further explanation of this year’s #Challenge theme. We’re off to Louisville, Kentucky and The Brown Hotel, integral to Louisville’s story.