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Palatka in Putnam County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

Hotel James

“Historical & Architectural Treasure”

 
 
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By Brandon D Cross, January 15, 2018
1. Hotel James Marker
Inscription. The Hotel James (aka James Hotel) was designed by Henry John Klutho, a nationally known architect of the Prairie School style from Jacksonville, Florida. Mr. Klutho designed two other buildings in Palatka. The recently restored Larimer Arts Center (originally the Melton Memorial Library) and the old City Hall which was demolished in the 1960’s to make way for construction of the Capital City bank. On the 5th of May 1916, ground was broken at 300 St. Johns Avenue (former site of the Arlington Hotel) for the new three-story James Hotel. The project was funded by the President of the Putnam National Bank, Dr. George E. Welch. Klutho’s design had more than a slight resemblance to Frank Lloyd Wright’s City National Bank/Park Inn Hotel in Mason City, Iowa, built seven years earlier.

Klutho grouped the second and third –story windows between brick pilasters with limestone seals and heads framing each opening, similar to his treatment of the south façade of the Florida Life Tower constructed in 1911 in Jacksonville. At each corner and the secondary entrance, large brick pilasters rise above the roof parapets with fine abstract Prairie School terra cotta decoration. The decoration terminates delicate, projecting brick finials that run from the horizontal band at the second story continuous sill. A projecting, shingled brow occurs

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By Brandon D Cross, January 15, 2018
2. Hotel James Marker
over the third floor windows above a perforated ventilation band serving the roof framing behind. The James Hotel was completed on the 10th of November 1916, after only six months of rapid construction. Klutho provided supervision of the hotel’s construction probably expedited by the excellent river steamer service between Jacksonville and Palatka. The hotel remained in operation through 1984.

The Hotel James is an architectural treasure and of historical importance to not just Palatka but the entire state.

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Detail of abstract Prairie School terra cotta ornament atop brick pilasters

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Henry John Klutho
 
Erected by Putnam County Historical Society.
 
Location. 29° 38.809′ N, 81° 37.868′ W. Marker is in Palatka, Florida, in Putnam County. Marker is at the intersection of St. Johns Ave and North 3rd St, on the right when traveling west on St. Johns Ave. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 300 St. Johns Ave, Palatka FL 32177, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Fort Shannon (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Putnam County Viet Nam Memorial (about 400 feet away); Putnam County Korean War Memorial

Hotel James as it appears today image. Click for full size.
By Judy Davis
3. Hotel James as it appears today
(about 500 feet away); Putnam County WW I Memorial (about 500 feet away); Putnam County Confederate Memorial (about 500 feet away); City of Palatka Florida 9/11 Memorial (about 600 feet away); Putnam County WW II Memorial (about 600 feet away); Putnam County Persian Gulf War (Operation Desert Storm) Memorial (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Palatka.
 
Also see . . .  James Hotel (Prairie School Traveler). (Submitted on January 29, 2018.)
 
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Hotel James image. Click for full size.
By Wayne W. Wood
4. Hotel James
Detail of abstract terra cotta ornament atop brick pilasters
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on January 29, 2018. This page originally submitted on January 29, 2018, by Brandon D Cross of Flagler Beach, Florida. This page has been viewed 65 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on January 29, 2018, by Brandon D Cross of Flagler Beach, Florida. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
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