Hotel DeSoto -- De Soto Hotel Savannah Ga.
Pub. By Coastal News Co., Savannah Ga. Made in U.S.A.
Savannah (Ga.) -- Buildings, structures, etc.
Architecture -- Georgia -- Savannah.
Hotels -- Georgia -- Savannah.
Preston, William Gibbons, 1842-1910.
Historic buildings -- Georgia -- Savannah -- Pictorial works.
Color postcard with white border, divided back, postally unused, of the old Hotel DeSoto. Caption from the back of the card: Convenient and luxurious hotels, as well as numerous spots of historic interest, form a great attraction for the tourist and pleasure seeker. Semi-tropical vegetation, healthful climate, and excellent roads to delight the motorist. In the 1880’s, Savannah was an important stop in Florida’s burgeoning tourist trade. A railroad to Tybee Island was opened in 1887 with the idea of promoting the beach and Tybee as a resort area. Rail and steamship lines were well in place between Savannah and points north and south. It was hoped that Savannah would become a destination rather than a stopover. A major luxury hotel was the element missing that would draw people to stay in the city. Construction on the Hotel DeSoto began in 1888. It was a Richardsonian Romanesque style building designed by Boston architect William Gibbons Preston. The hotel building took up an entire city block and was constructed of terra cotta, brick, and shingle. Part of the hotel was five stories and the rest was six stories. It had 206 rooms and also housed solariums, a barbershop, drug store, lunchrooms, coffee shops, and a restaurant. There were separate entrances for ladies and gentlemen and large piazzas with rocking chairs. The many brochures in the collection boast of a swimming pool, 18 hole miniature golf course and proximity to tourist attractions, hunting, and fishing.
11902 N appears above the address side of the card on back.
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3 1/2 x 5 1/2 inches
MS 016 Savannah Postcard Collection, Jen Library Archives and Special Collections, the Savannah College of Art and Design.
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