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Lexington in Fayette County, Kentucky — The American South (East South Central)
 

Phoenix Park

 
 
Phoenix Park Marker image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, September 18, 2017
1. Phoenix Park Marker
Inscription.
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, it was an institution. Here there were grand dances, political rallies and many more activities and amenities that symbolized the grand days of Lexington's past. Today, Lexington's Public Library,
Marker detail: The three story building (ca. 1860) with numerous vehicles in front of it image. Click for full size.
2. Marker detail: The three story building (ca. 1860) with numerous vehicles in front of it
a high-rise apartment building and this lovely park occupy the site of the several Phoenix Hotels.
 
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. Touch for map. Marker is located beside the Lexington Fire Fighters memorial, near the northeast corner of Phoenix Park. Marker is at or near this postal address: 100 East Main Street, Lexington KY 40507, United States of America.
 
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); Lewis And Clark In Kentucky (a few steps from this marker); Skuller's Clock (within shouting distance of this marker); Main Street Christian Church (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); John Hunt Morgan (1825-1864) (about 600 feet away); Jefferson Davis (about 700 feet away); Slavery in Fayette Co. / Cheapside Slave Auction Block (about 700 feet away); Fayette County (about 700 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)
 
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Marker detail: This view (ca. 1915) shows the 1910, eight story wing, used as the hotel entrance image. Click for full size.
3. Marker detail: This view (ca. 1915) shows the 1910, eight story wing, used as the hotel entrance
 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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Marker detail: This late 1890's view shows the metal Phoenix bird atop the front wall image. Click for full size.
4. Marker detail: This late 1890's view shows the metal Phoenix bird atop the front wall
Phoenix Park Marker (<i>tall view</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, September 18, 2017
5. Phoenix Park Marker (tall view)
Phoenix Park Marker (<i>wide view; adjacent to Lexington Fire Fighters' Memorial</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, September 18, 2017
6. Phoenix Park Marker (wide view; adjacent to Lexington Fire Fighters' Memorial)
Phoenix Park Zero Milestone image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, September 18, 2017
7. Phoenix Park Zero Milestone
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 28, 2018. This page originally submitted on June 22, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 44 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on June 22, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.   7. submitted on June 27, 2018, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
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