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Alexandria in Rapides Parish, Louisiana — The American South (West South Central)
 

The Hotel Bentley

 
 
The Hotel Bentley Marker image. Click for full size.
By Lee Hattabaugh, November 17, 2010
1. The Hotel Bentley Marker
Inscription. The hotel was built in 1907-1908 by Joseph A. Bentley, prominent lumberman and businessman. Bentley came to Central Louisiana from Pennsylvania to engage in the sawmill business and the cutting of the virgin pine forest which was the first serious economic activity since the devastation of the Civil War and Reconstruction. Architect for the hotel project was George R. Mann of Little Rock and contractor was Hull Construction Company of Jackson, Mississippi. The hotel opened August 10, 1908. In 1936-1937 an eight-story wing fronting Third Street was added. Eugene J. Stern, Inc. of Little Rock was the architect, C. Errol Barron of Alexandria the associate architect, and the contractor was Tudor and Ratcliff Contractors of Alexandria, owned and operated by Simon W. Tudor and J.E. Ratcliff. The new addition opened October 2, 1937. After two closures, the building sat idle for several years. In 1984-1985, a refurbishing and renovation project was conceived by Tudor Companies, funded by Hotel Bentley Partners and Sandia Federal Savings and Loan Association, and completed by Tudor Construction Company. The hotel reopened October 25, 1985.
 
Erected by Sponsor: Dorothy Tudor McWhorter.
 
Location. 31° 18.726′ N, 92° 26.735′ 
The Hotel Bentley Marker image. Click for full size.
By Lee Hattabaugh, November 17, 2010
2. The Hotel Bentley Marker
W. Marker is in Alexandria, Louisiana, in Rapides Parish. Marker is on 3rd Street west of DeSoto Street, on the right when traveling west. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Alexandria LA 71301, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Louisiana Maneuvers (within shouting distance of this marker); The Guaranty Eagles (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Rapides Parish Governors (about 500 feet away); Old Rapides Bank Building (about 500 feet away); Emmanuel Baptist Church (about 500 feet away); Thomas Courtland Manning (about 500 feet away); Alexandria (about 500 feet away); Post-Civil War Alexandria (about 600 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Alexandria.
 
Also see . . .  Historic Hotel Bentley. (Submitted on November 23, 2010, by Lee Hattabaugh of Capshaw, Alabama.)
 
Categories. Industry & CommerceNotable Buildings
 
The Hotel Bentley image. Click for full size.
By Lee Hattabaugh, November 17, 2010
3. The Hotel Bentley
The 1930s addition with the original building in the background.
The Hotel Bentley image. Click for full size.
By Lee Hattabaugh, November 17, 2010
4. The Hotel Bentley
The original building fronted on DeSoto Street. "Louisiana Maneuvers" marker can be seen in this photo near columns.
The Hotel Bentley image. Click for full size.
By Lee Hattabaugh, November 17, 2010
5. The Hotel Bentley
The Hotel Bentley image. Click for full size.
By Lee Hattabaugh, November 17, 2010
6. The Hotel Bentley
As seen from the US 165/Jackson Street bridge.
The Hotel Bentley image. Click for full size.
By Lee Hattabaugh, November 17, 2010
7. The Hotel Bentley
Architectural detail
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Lee Hattabaugh of Capshaw, Alabama. This page has been viewed 722 times since then and 34 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. submitted on , by Lee Hattabaugh of Capshaw, Alabama. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on March 18, 2017.
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