IF WALLS COULD TALK
If the walls of the historic LaSalle Hotel in downtown Bryan could talk they would probably have quite a story to tell. Located in the heart of the city’s historic district, it’s a short stroll to plenty of shopping and local restaurants. The hotel, completed in 1928 by Bryan businessman Robert Wistar Howell, accommodated travelers and guests from politicians to Brazos Valley society for three decades. Designed by Austin architect George Louis, the hotel consists of seven stories (at the time of construction it was the tallest building in Bryan) featuring terrazzo tile on the first floor. Louis drew on the more conservative details of the Classical style for the hotel design, creating a somewhat subdued façade, preferring to use the building’s simplicity to emphasize its height. Although vacant for nearly two decades, this keen example of early 20th century commercial architecture underwent renovations in 1999 and opened once again as a luxury hotel in September of 2000. It has received a Recorded Texas Historic Landmark designation and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
La Salle Hotel
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