Hotel DeSoto -- De Soto Hotel Savannah Ga.
Valentine & Sons Publishing, New York and Atlanta, Ga., printed in Great Britain
Postmarked Nov. 10, 1909
Savannah (Ga.) -- Buildings, structures, etc.
Architecture, Domestic -- Georgia -- Savannah -- Pictorial works.
Historic buildings -- Georgia -- Savannah -- Pictorial works.
Preston, William Gibbons, 1842-1910.
Hotels -- Georgia -- Savannah.
Color postcard with no border, divided back, postmarked November 12, 1909. 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.
The card was published by Valentine and Sons. Originally a Scottish publisher, they opened a New York office in 1907. The cards were still printed in Great Britain and used a lithographic halftone process that had a distinct look. Postcards were numbered and have a three digit prefix and a three digit suffix.
No identification number found.
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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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