Hotel Marshall Undergoes Renovation
Photos, Captions and Notes
by Jimmy Ramsey
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sign over the main entrance
during the New Year's Eve party.
Marshall that is standing today is not the original Hotel Marshall. The original
was located directly next door. At one point there were three buildings on that
block. The Capital Hotel (for which a historical marker stands), the smaller,
original Hotel Marshall, then the Hotel Marshall now being restored.
The hotel in 2002 from the third floor of Hibernia Bank. I took the photograph,
but I extend courtesy to Hibernia Bank for allowing me access to that location.
at above photo. Notice the small extention going out the side of the hotel up
to the 4th floor? I have not confirmed this, but I belive that was the connection
between the two hotels. The lobby in the original hotel was converted to retail
space. In the 1950s, the original Hotel Marshall was torn down and the swimming
pool and patio were added to the new hotel.
In the 1970s, the hotel was
sold to East Texas Baptist University and the first three floors were used briefly
as a boy's domitory. After that, it closed for good.
New Years Eve, December
31, 2004, saw the first social event inside the hotel in over 30 years. The lobby
was converted into a temporary dining room with a live band and an area setup
for dancing. Temporary lighting and heaters were installed.
This photograph was taken in 2004 when rennovations were in the early stages.
Jail inmates were used for the gutting and clean-up process.
2005 you can see daylight through the windows. The hotel was totally gutted.
closeup of the rooftop sign in October, 2004 . Notice the rust stains down the
side of the building. Compare this shot to one of the building without the sign.
A big difference.
Marshall without the sign.
Marshall with the sign. March 2004
The south side of the building showing the fire escape and smoke stacks. The bigger
pipe was to the boiler which appears they are keeping, and I beleive the smaller
stack is the ventilation for the plumbing.
view of the East side of the building with all the windows out, and another letter
missing in the roof sign. You had mentioned you hope that missing letter didn't
fall on anyone. That letter has been missing for years. When I was on the roof,
I saw no sign of it, and the photographs I took in 1989 shows it missing.
main entrance to the lobby on Houston Street.
front of the building.
inmate cleaning the facade of the building.
Marshall before renovations started
to this postcard, the Hotel Marshall cost $450,000 to build