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Temple's Doering Hotel
aka
The Hotel Hawn
Temple, Texas


by Johnny Stucco
Photos courtesy of Sara and Tara Woods, Fort Worth

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Doering Hotel, Temple, Texas today
Doering Hotel, Temple, Texas today
L - The Doering January 2005.
Courtesy Sara Woods
R - The Doering in 2000.
Metal frame on top once spelled out rates.
TE Photo

Built in 1928, the Doering was one of Temple's three principal buildings. The others were the nearby Hotel Kyle and what had been Professional Building. While the Kyle is now in use as a retirement hotel, the Doering has been closed for years.
Doering Hotel, Temple, Texas postcard
The text of this period postcard gives the Doering's rates as 1.50 to 2.50 for a room with its own bath. Note the Arcadia facade far left.
TE Postcard Archives
Like many grand and semi-grand hotels, the Doering had a theater close by for the entertainment of guests.

Although the Arcadia Theater was (more or less) a freestanding building, the theater's lobby could be entered from either of two separate street entrances. The theater's minor entrance is to the right of the hotel between the hotel and the windowless building, which is actually the theater.
Arcadia Theatre, Temple,  Texas
The main entrance with the recently restored Arcadia Marquee
Photo courtesy Sara Woods, January 2005
Hawn Hotel ghost sign in Temple, Texas



"Ghost Sign" for the Hawn Hotel
Photo courtesy Sara Woods, January 2005
Doering Hotel Roof,  Temple, Texas
Another view of the hotel
Photo courtesy Sara Woods, January 2005
Doering Hotel medallions
One of the hotel's ornamental medallions
Photo courtesy Sara Woods, January 2005

The contemporary photos featured here are courtesy of Sara and Tara Woods of Fort Worth; a mother-daughter team who share an appreciation of old hotels and vintage Texas buildings.




Temple Texas Doering Hotel stationery
Envelope with the Doering's Imprint
TE stationery collection

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