- Adolphus Hotel
building_name = The Adolphus Hotel
location =1315 Commerce St.
status = Completed
opening = 5 October 1912
floor_count = 22
architect = Barnett, Hayes and Barnett
management = Infobox nrhp
July 14, 1983
The Adolphus Hotel (often referred to locally as simply "The Adolphus") is an upscale
hotelin the Main Street District of downtown Dallas, Texas(USA) which was for several years the tallest building in the state of Texas.
The Adolphus was opened on 5 October 1912, built by the founder of the
Anheuser-Buschcompany, Adolphus Buschin a Beaux Arts style designed by Barnett, Hayes and Barnett of St. Louis. Busch's intention in constructing the hotel was to establish the first grand and posh hotel in the city of Dallas. Under the management of Otto Schubert [http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Otto_Schubert] from 1922-1946, the hotel grew to national prominence. With 22 floors standing a total of 312 feet (95 m), the building was the tallest building in Texas until it was dwarfed by the Magnolia Petroleum Building (now the Magnolia Hotel) just down the street in August 1922 [ [http://www.dallassky.com/ Dallassky.com] - [http://www.dallassky.com/bldg26.htm Magnolia Building] . Retrieved 24 August 2006.] . The building underwent a series of expansions, first in 1916, then 1926 and finally in 1950, at the time giving the hotel a total of 1,200 rooms.
In the 1930s, various venues of the Adolphus played host to many
big bandmusicians of the era, including Tommy and Jimmy Dorsey, Benny Goodmanand Glenn Miller.
In 1936, the
historianand political activist J. Evetts Haleyorganized at the Adolphus his third party, the "Jeffersonian Democrats of Texas", to oppose within Texas the reelection of U.S. President Franklin D. Roosevelt, whom Haley considered a socialist.
The Adolphus has been the host of many respected leaders of business, government and entertainment, including presidents, from
Warren G. Hardingto George H. W. Bush. Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip also stayed at the hotel in 1991. This hotel was a Dallas hub for entertainment and provided a platform that helped developing careers, such as Bob Hope, Jack Benny & others. North American Aviation (P-51 Mustangs, WWII) and others benefitted from its position as a Texas business hub.During the 1980s, the Adolphus underwent a US$80 million renovation, enlarging and modernizing the already-luxurious guestrooms. It also shrunk the total number of guestrooms to 428. The Adolphus was added to the National Register of Historic Placesin 1983.
The Hotel has been named one of the top ten in the
United Statesby Condé Nast Travelerand also receives high ratings from Zagat, Fodor'sand Frommer's.
* [http://www.hoteladolphus.com/ Hotel Adolphus homepage]
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