Publications -- DeSoto Hotel
Braid & Button, Savannah GA
Historic buildings -- Georgia -- Savannah -- Pictorial works.
Hotels -- Georgia -- Savannah.
Architecture -- Georgia -- Savannah.
Savannah (Ga.) -- Description and travel.
Brochures -- Pictorial works.
Booklet style brochure, under the management of Savannah Hotel Company, printed by Braid & Button, Savannah GA, not dated, but after 1905, brown cover. Illustrated with photographs and drawings. The brochure features the amenities of the hotel in detail and with photographs. In the back of the brochure is a map of the first floor of the hotel. Files contain image of cover and PDF of entire brochure.
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.
Scholars wishing to cite this item should include item title, Hotel DeSoto Collection, MS 010, Jen Library Archives and Special Collections, the Savannah College of Art and Design, and the item's url.
8 x 5 inches
Offset printing with photographs
MS 010, Hotel DeSoto Collection, Jen Library Archives and Special Collections, the Savannah College of Art and Design.