Details for La Salle Hotel (Atlas Number 5041012883)

Historical Marker — Atlas Number 5041012883


Marker Number 12883
Atlas Number 5041012883
Marker Title La Salle Hotel
Index Entry La Salle Hotel
Address 120 S. Main St
City Bryan
County Brazos
UTM Zone 14
UTM Easting 751647
UTM Northing 3396077
Subject Codes commercial buildings; inns, hotels, motels
Marker Year 2001
Designations Recorded Texas Historic Landmark
Marker Location 120 S. Main St.
Marker Size 27" x 42"
Marker Text Occupying a prominent corner in the southern end of Bryan's central business district, the La Salle hotel is an architectural landmark representative of the city's early 20th-century commercial development. At that time, Bryan was a major railroad stop between Houston and Dallas, and its depot on the Houston and Texas Central rail line (now demolished) once stood across Main Street from the La Salle. Completed in 1928 for leading businessman Robert Wistar Howell (1877-1960), the La Salle Hotel was the tallest building in downtown Bryan at the time of its construction. Austin architect George Louis walling designed the seven-story building with Classical details and a distinctly vertical emphasis. The first floor included the dining room and coffee shop, while the convention hall and ballroom were located on the second floor. Roughly 100 guest rooms occupied the top five floors. The La Salle accommodated visitors to Bryan and nearby College Station, including families, politicians, society figures, business travelers and military personnel. The building served as a nursing home from 1959 until 1975 and was closed for the last two decades of the 20th century. Following a rehabilitation project, the La Salle returned to its historic use as a downtown hotel in 2000. Recorded Texas Historic Landmark - 2001