Once Upon a Pillow Mint: The Texas Hotel Opens

On December 3, 1921 the Texas Hotel (Sanguinet and Staats) formally opened:

William Monnig, W. C. Stripling, Amon Carter Sr., and other civic leaders had formed the Citizens Hotel Company in 1919 to finance and build a showcase hotel for Fort Worth. The price tag was $3 million.

The hotel originally was to be named for Winfield Scott (the Mexican War hero, not the local capitalist who owned Thistle Hill), but it opened as the “Texas Hotel.”

From a block away, the Texas Hotel is a typical hotel building—a big box of beds.

But up close, at the bottom and top floors, it’s as decorated as any wedding cake.

On the frieze this relief of two ram heads and a pair of legs always makes me not want to walk into the hotel and ask to see the restaurant menu.

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