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Nacogdoches in Nacogdoches County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

The Redland Hotel, 1906-1907

 
 
The Redland Hotel, 1906-1907 Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By James Hulse, November 20, 2022
1. The Redland Hotel, 1906-1907 Marker
Inscription.  The Redland Hotel, Nacogdoches' first modern hotel, opened in 1907 and offered guests private bathrooms, steam heating, and a fine dining experience. The Redland provided wagon and later bus service from the train depot. The opening was a gala affair. In 1908, presidential candidate William Jennings Bryan stayed at the hotel and made a speech from the balcony. Aross the street from the new Nacogdoches Opera House, the Redland hosted many theatrical companies and patrons. The Marx Brothers even began their comedy routines in the Opera House while staying at the Redland. When Stephen F. Austin State Teachers College opened in 1923, the town celebrated with receptions at the Redland.

German-born architect D. Rulfs designed and built the Redland. His plans called for a building of pressed red brick (two types, one from Beaumont and the other from Garrison) with stone trim and "equipped with every modern convenience." The promoters-E.A. Blount, B.F. Hardeman, J.C. Harris, and Robert Lindsey had to delay the opening when the Nacogdoches Union of Carpenters and Joiners forced Rulfs to stop work in October. A compromise settlement allowed
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the $30,000.00 structure to open in March of 1907. The original hotel had two stories and extended west to what is now 322 East Main. Commercial businesses occupied the store fronts on the west; in the rear, there were two dining rooms (the larger one also served as a ballroom). The building had a long balcony across the entire front of the second story with access provide by tall, uniform windows.

After the original owners sold the hotel in 1909, it briefly took the name "New Murphy Hotel," but later owners returned it to the Redland. A.T. Mast, Sr. bought the property in 1929; it continued as a hotel until after World War II. The main architectural change came when the McCrory Department Store purchased the west half, bricked up the arched passageways between the lobby and the dining rooms, and reworked the facade. In 1977, the property sold to the present owners, The Godtel Ministries.
 
Erected by The Heritage Club of Nacogdoches and the City of Nacogdoches Main Street Advisory Board.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: EntertainmentIndustry & Commerce. A significant historical month for this entry is March 1907.
 
Location. 31° 36.152′ N, 94° 39.207′ W. Marker is in Nacogdoches, Texas, in Nacogdoches County. Marker is at the intersection of East Main Street
The front entrance to the Redland Hotel, 1906-1907 and Marker image. Click for full size.
Photographed By James Hulse, November 20, 2022
2. The front entrance to the Redland Hotel, 1906-1907 and Marker
and South Church Street on East Main Street. The marker is located on the east side corner of the building. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 200 East Main Street, Nacogdoches TX 75961, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Old Nacogdoches Opera House (within shouting distance of this marker); Diedrich Anton Wilhelm Rulfs (within shouting distance of this marker); The M.G. Hazel Building (within shouting distance of this marker); Church Street (within shouting distance of this marker); Site of the Home of Antonio Gil y Barbo (within shouting distance of this marker); Site of "Old Soledad" (within shouting distance of this marker); Woodmen of the World Building (within shouting distance of this marker); "Running to the Fight" (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Nacogdoches.
 
The view of the Redland Hotel from across the street image. Click for full size.
Photographed By James Hulse, November 20, 2022
3. The view of the Redland Hotel from across the street
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on November 23, 2022. It was originally submitted on November 23, 2022, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas. This page has been viewed 164 times since then and 49 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on November 23, 2022, by James Hulse of Medina, Texas.

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