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Texas Mid-Century Modern Motels & Hotels

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El Tropicano Motor Hotel
San Antonio, TX
Beverly Crest Motor Inn
El Paso, TX
The El Tropicano Motor Hotel was built in 1962. It is now owned by Holiday Inn and known as the Holiday Inn El Tropicano Riverwalk Hotel. For more, see this website. [map]

The Beverly Crest Motor Inn building is intact but the original sign has been replaced since this postcard. [map]

El Montan Motor Hotel
San Antonio, TX
Cottonwood Motel
La Grange, TX
The El Montan Motor Hotel was built in 1950. It originally had a flat canopy with a smaller sign on top of it. The motel was expanded in 1963. This canopy and sign are probably from then. For more, see this website. [map]

The Cottonwood Motel appears to be from the 1960s. [map]

American Motor Inn Motel
Snyder, TX
This American Motor Inn Motel location was probably built in the 1960s. There were other locations in Big Spring, TX, Amarillo, TX, Pecos, TX, Albuquerque, NM, and Lordsburg, NM. There were probably others. [map]

Drummers Inn
Fort Worth, TX
former Drummers Inn North
Fort Worth, TX
This Drummers Inn was built in 1963. This was most likely the first location in the chain. For more, see this website. [map]

The Drummers Inn North has the same canopy design. Originally, the sign looked the same as well. By 2007, the motel had become the Classic Inn. By 2013, it had been named the Stockyards Inn & Suites. Since around 2015, it has been known as the Motel 6 Fort Worth Stockyards. For more, see this website. [map]

There was another location in Wharton, TX. The office building is still there. The motel is now going by the name of Travelers Inn & Suites. That canopy has always had three rather than four barrel vaults. [map]

There was another location in Beeville, TX which is now an Executive Inn & Suites. The motel has been significantly remodeled or rebuilt. This office building had three barrel vaults.

Statler-Hilton Hotel
Dallas, TX

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2017:
The Statler-Hilton Hotel was designed by William Tabler and built in 1956. It was renamed the Grand Hotel in 1988. The building has been vacant since 2001. In 2011, restoration work began. Work was still taking place in 2017. For more, see these websites: 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5. [map]

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