Hotel, 1117 Prairie St, Houston

Address: Hotel, 1117 Prairie St, Houston

Date: 1924

Historic Uses: Hotel

Stylistic Influences: Classical Revival

National Register of Historic Places: Recommended Eligible, Recommended Contributing

Previous Designations: National Register Listed (Indiv.)

Other Historic Designations: 2002000276

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Sam Houston Hotel

National Register Listed: 2000276

The Sam Houston Hotel (1924) is a representative example of early high-rise construction and hotel design by the renowned Texas firm Sanguinet, Staats, Hedrick and Gottlieb. The hotel is ten stories in height and is constructed of reinforced concrete with a veneer of variegated brown brick laid in Flemish bond. The Sam Houston Hotel represents an important period of growth for downtown Houston with rail and automobile travel and the rise of the "business traveler." The hotel is located on what is locally known as "Hotel Row" and is neighbor to two other historic hotels of the same era. It embodies the distinctive characteristics of high-rise construction during the early twentieth century, as seen in the concrete frame structure, and the design for light and air circulation that could be controlled by the individual patrons. The decorative cast stone and brick elements, as well as the tripartite design, are also representative of skyscraper design of the early twentieth century. (Information from NRHP files)

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