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Florence Hotel, Missoula, Montanaby BK-Hunters
Really like this one. And check out the entrance. (Interior pics coming.)

From Waymarking:

The original Florence Hotel, built on this site in 1888, offered weary railway travelers and settlers a comfortable night’s lodging. When it burned in 1913, the Florence was rebuilt as a major 106-room hostelry and was a longtime regional gathering place until it, too, was destroyed by fire in 1936. 
Missoula’s lack of a major hotel had serious implications, and even though the nation was then in the midst of the Depression, Walter H. McLeod and other influential businessmen secured community support to rebuild. When the elegant new Florence Hotel opened in 1941, Missoulians were especially proud that 67 percent ownership belonged to community shareholders. Spokane architect G. A. Pehrson masterfully designed the $600,000 “jewel of a hotel” in the new Art Moderne style, characterized by its rounded corners and horizontal emphasis. Terra cotta and glass blocks accent the shiny-smooth concrete and metal surfaces. The splendid 140-room hotel boasted the Northwest’s first central air conditioning system, novel glass shower doors, and first-class interior appointments in a “harmony of color.” One of only two local examples of the style, the third generation Florence reflects the town’s steadfast regional importance into the twentieth century, the growth of tourism, and the civic pride that prompted its construction. From the NRHP Plaque

Florence Hotel, Missoula, Montana
by BK-Hunters

Really like this one. And check out the entrance. (Interior pics coming.)

From Waymarking:

The original Florence Hotel, built on this site in 1888, offered weary railway travelers and settlers a comfortable night’s lodging. When it burned in 1913, the Florence was rebuilt as a major 106-room hostelry and was a longtime regional gathering place until it, too, was destroyed by fire in 1936.

Missoula’s lack of a major hotel had serious implications, and even though the nation was then in the midst of the Depression, Walter H. McLeod and other influential businessmen secured community support to rebuild. When the elegant new Florence Hotel opened in 1941, Missoulians were especially proud that 67 percent ownership belonged to community shareholders. Spokane architect G. A. Pehrson masterfully designed the $600,000 “jewel of a hotel” in the new Art Moderne style, characterized by its rounded corners and horizontal emphasis. Terra cotta and glass blocks accent the shiny-smooth concrete and metal surfaces. The splendid 140-room hotel boasted the Northwest’s first central air conditioning system, novel glass shower doors, and first-class interior appointments in a “harmony of color.” One of only two local examples of the style, the third generation Florence reflects the town’s steadfast regional importance into the twentieth century, the growth of tourism, and the civic pride that prompted its construction. 
From the NRHP Plaque

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Grand Ocean hotel in Brighton, England. Gorgeous! At a time when countless old English hotels and resorts are in a sad state or gone altogether, it’s nice that there are some like this that have recently been restored or have just been kept up over time. 
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The Grand Ocean hotel in Brighton, UK. Began re-watching classic “Poirot” episodes which often showcased classic UK art deco buildings, now my interest has been reinvigorated ten fold. 

Grand Ocean hotel in Brighton, England. Gorgeous! At a time when countless old English hotels and resorts are in a sad state or gone altogether, it’s nice that there are some like this that have recently been restored or have just been kept up over time. 

fhgonzalez:

The Grand Ocean hotel in Brighton, UK. Began re-watching classic “Poirot” episodes which often showcased classic UK art deco buildings, now my interest has been reinvigorated ten fold. 

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Hotel Settles, Big Spring, TexasPhoto via Texas Society of Architects
And one MORE renovation success story today!
Hotel Settles: A Bell Cow Rings Again

For more than 30 years, Hotel Settles was a Big Spring eyesore. In its abandoned and deteriorating condition, it was also an embarrassing reality check of the city’s decline. Despite several attempts to revive it, the building was headed for demolition. Mercifully — and cognizant of the arduous task at hand — Big Spring-native son and visionary G. Brint Ryan, now of Dallas, purchased the landmark in 2007 and re-opened its doors this February after a $30M six-year historical rehabilitation. The 15-story Classical Revival/Art Deco hotel is now an appealing destination in West Texas that is breathing new life into the surrounding community. 

Read more and check out the photo gallery.

Hotel Settles, Big Spring, Texas
Photo via Texas Society of Architects

And one MORE renovation success story today!

Hotel Settles: A Bell Cow Rings Again

For more than 30 years, Hotel Settles was a Big Spring eyesore. In its abandoned and deteriorating condition, it was also an embarrassing reality check of the city’s decline. Despite several attempts to revive it, the building was headed for demolition. Mercifully — and cognizant of the arduous task at hand — Big Spring-native son and visionary G. Brint Ryan, now of Dallas, purchased the landmark in 2007 and re-opened its doors this February after a $30M six-year historical rehabilitation. The 15-story Classical Revival/Art Deco hotel is now an appealing destination in West Texas that is breathing new life into the surrounding community. 

Read more and check out the photo gallery.

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Orient Palace Hotel, Damascus, Syriaby Daz Saunders
Late 1920s hotel in Syria’s capital.
From the hotel’s web site:

The Orient Palace hotel was built in 1928 and put into use 1932.
The Orient Palace played a very integral role historically housing many significant guests including political leaders, artists, authors and men letters.
The Orient Palace was also involved in the parliament polarizing all of its activities after the stage of independence.
All conferences political meeting and social or cultural parties were held at the Orient Palace for several decades.

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Orient Palace Hotel, Damascus, Syria
by Daz Saunders

Late 1920s hotel in Syria’s capital.

From the hotel’s web site:

The Orient Palace hotel was built in 1928 and put into use 1932.

The Orient Palace played a very integral role historically housing many significant guests including political leaders, artists, authors and men letters.

The Orient Palace was also involved in the parliament polarizing all of its activities after the stage of independence.

All conferences political meeting and social or cultural parties were held at the Orient Palace for several decades.

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