Lexington in Fayette County, Kentucky — The American South (East South Central)
Most famous of all hostelries in Lexington was Postlethwait's, which was located on this site. Started in 1797, the inn was known for its fine beverages, bountiful table and attentive services.
In 1820, a fire destroyed 38 rooms of the inn and a local paper expressed the hope that, like the mythological Phoenix bird rising from the ashes, the new hotel would be re-erected. A new one was built and in 1833, perhaps after a second fire, the owners adopted the name PHOENIX.
A third hotel was built in 1879 after yet another fire. Atop the front wall of this three story building was a large metal figure of a Phoenix bird. In 1910, an eight story wing was built on the east end of the complex and served as the main hotel entrance. The west wing was demolished in 1950 and replaced with a new addition. Closed in 1977, the Phoenix Hotel was torn down in 1982.
For 180 years, the Phoenix was the oldest occupied hotel site in Kentucky and was host to many famous people including: Presidents Monroe, Jackson, Grant, Arthur, Eisenhower and Kennedy. The Phoenix was more than a mere hotel to Lexingtonians and visitors to the city,
Topics and series. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Industry & Commerce • Parks & Recreational Areas. In addition, it is included in the Former U.S. Presidents: #34 Dwight D. Eisenhower, and the Former U.S. Presidents: #35 John F. Kennedy series lists. A significant historical year for this entry is 1797.
Location. 38° 2.76′ N, 84° 29.815′ W. Marker is in Lexington, Kentucky, in Fayette County. Marker is at the intersection of East Main Street (U.S. 60) and North Limestone, on the left when traveling north on East Main Street. Marker is located beside the Lexington Fire Fighters memorial, near the northeast corner of Phoenix Park. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 100 East Main Street, Lexington KY 40507, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Rotary Club of Lexington / Phoenix Hotel (a few steps from this marker); Strength in Numbers / Forcing a Change (a few steps from this marker); Lewis and Clark in Kentucky (a few steps from this marker); Skuller's Clock (within shouting distance of this Main Street Christian Church (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Lexington's Long History with Slavery / Driven by Money (about 400 feet away); From Enslaved to Community Activist / The Original Power Couple (about 400 feet away); Fayette National Bank Building (about 500 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Lexington.
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Phoenix Hotel (Lexington, KY)
Also see . . . Phoenix Hotel Demolition. The Phoenix Hotel was demolished in 1981 by Wallace Wilkinson, who planned to use the site to construct the World Coal Center skyscraper. This was never constructed, and is considered the largest failed development in the cityscape of Lexington. In its place, the Park Plaza was opened in 1987, followed by the construction and opening of the modern-day Phoenix Park. (Submitted on June 22, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.)
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