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 local capitalist who owned Thistle Hill, but it opened as the “Texas Hotel.”

F&M both skyscrapers 9-28-19Not only the name but also the appearance of the hotel changed early on. On September 28, 1919 the Star-Telegram ran a full-page spread on “skyscrapers” planned or under construction downtown. From left to right: Hotel Texas, Farmers and Mechanics National Bank, Waggoner Building. Note the C-shape footprint of the original hotel design.

hotel texas lobbyPostcard.

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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