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Alamo Plaza Hotel Courts

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While not Art Deco or Streamline Moderne in design, I'm including this motel chain here since these buildings are from the 1940s and there's no better section to put them in.

There were more than two dozen Alamo Plaza Hotel Court locations built in Texas and the Southeast. In addition to the locations shown below, there were others in Oklahoma City, OK; Tyler, TX; Little Rock, AR; & Gulfport, MS; Shreveport & New Orleans, LA; Nashville & Memphis, TN; and Raleigh & Charlotte, NC. The chain was founded in Waco, TX in 1929. The hotel's fašade was based on the Alamo in San Antonio, TX. For more, see these websites: 1, 2, and 3.

Alamo Plaza Motel
Baton Rouge, LA
This location, now known as the Alamo Plaza Motel, was built in 1941 and is still in great shape although several of the main entryways have been filled in. The sign from 1959 was removed in 2004. These photos are from 2006. By 2011, the awnings and other details on the facade had been removed. The remaining windows had also been plastered over. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

Santa Fe Villas
Atlanta, GA
This location was built in 1948. In the 1990s, the place was renamed the Santa Fe Villas, the fašade was altered, and the buildings were renovated by the City as housing for homeless people. The management and iron gates prevented taking any pictures of the many units behind the facade. [map]

Alamo Plaza Hotel Courts [gone]
Dallas, TX
This Alamo Plaza Hotel Courts was built in the 1940s. The sign is from around 1959. These photos were taken in 2006. The motel was still open in 2007 and the sign was still lit. However, by 2009, the place was boarded up and surrounded by chain link fencing. In 2010, the buildings were demolished. The sign was supposed to be adapted for the new development which will be built on the site. However, in 2013, the sign was disassembled and put in storage. The owner now says that parts of the sign may reappear as part of the new development. For more, see these websites: 1, 2, 3, and 4.

Alamo Plaza Motor Hotel
Houston, TX
Renamed later the Alamo Plaza Motor Hotel, this location was built in 1948. There was once a pool in front of the building. The building seems to be used for low-cost housing now. These photos are from 2011. In 2016, the buildings were painted red. For more, see this website. [map]

Alamo Plaza
Hotel Courts [gone]
High Springs, FL
Alamo Plaza Motel
Savannah, GA
The High Springs Alamo Plaza Hotel Courts does not have the Alamo style facade. When this motel joined the chain, they kept their pre-existing buildings and added this sign. This metal stub is all that's left of the neon star that would have been mounted on top. This photo is from 2009. By 2013, the sign had been repainted and it's now known as the Alamo Motel. In 2014, the buildings were demolished and the sign disappeared. For more, see this website.

The Savannah location is now operating as the Alamo Plaza Motel. It opened in 1955. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

Deluxe Inns & Suites
Beaumont, TX
This location, now known as the Deluxe Inns & Suites, was built in 1938. The top part of the facade is now missing. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]

Parliament Resort
Augusta, GA
This Augusta location opened in 1958. It had greatly deteriorated by the 1980s. It was saved from demolition and reopened in 2007 as the Parliament Resort. These photos are from that year. By 2012, the buildings had been painted tan. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [photos thanks Robby Delius] [map]

More Alamo Plaza Hotel Courts:
Mobile, AL [gone]
Montgomery, AL [gone]
Shreveport, LA: 1, 2, 3 [Market St. map]; [Greenwood Rd. map]
St. Louis, MO [gone] [not part of the Alamo Plaza chain but the same designer]
Gulfport, MS: 1, 2, 3, 4 [gone]
Jackson, MS: 1, 2, 3 [gone]
Raton, NM [copycat building] [gone]
Claremore, OK: 1, 2 [copycat building] [gone]
Memphis, TN [gone]
Nashville, TN [gone]

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