My theme this AtoZ Blog Challenge has been about Hotels and Inns and their historical significance in the communities were they are set. What interests me is the architecture of these buildings and the architects who created them. I loved researching about the men who had a dream and set about to create it. Some of the places I have written about are personal to me. I have childhood memories of places like The Brown Hotel in Louisville, Kentucky and The Edgewater Beach Hotel in Chicago. I have glorious memories of garden tours that took me to The Francis Marion in Charleston, The Mayflower in Seattle. My second novel has scenes from the Raffaello Hotel in Rome.
I now live in a community that is being revitalized, building a future on an illustrious past that the railroad, tobacco, mill and banking helped to build. Blessed with an abundant inventory of architecture in the downtown historic core of the city, we have buildings and historic mansions in the area that could become The Queen Anne Hotel in New Orleans, The Victorian in Vancouver. Once there was a Ricks hotel in Rocky Mount.
This X post honors the hotels and inns that have come and gone.
Beyond the architectural splendor, interiors, appointments and room comfort, the heart of a hotel must surely be the people who create, staff, and visit from inception to closing. It is their memories that live on after the hotel is gone. We can just imagine the collective sigh across the city of Rocky Mount on Sunday morning, November 24, 1963, when the headline in The Rocky Mount Telegram, read…Ricks Hotel to Close Today After 54 Years. An obituary would read….The Ricks Hotel, Rocky Mount NC, born 1909, died 1963. Cause of death, end of useful years. This thought appeared in a news clipping from the Telegram on Wed., Dec. 4, 1963. I loved the clipping’s description of the hotels contribution to society. “A grand lodging for travelers for many years, home of some citizens, home of civic clubs, site of banquets, dances and other festive occasions, landmark for Rocky Mount and Eastern Carolina, meeting place for conventions and site of many events, which have given wonderful memories to those who knew it.”
I hope you have enjoyed this year’s theme. I invite you to continue FOLLOWING this blog that will revert to things you would expect a writer and gardener, addicted to books and reading, to post. I would hate to lose your company. Cheers!