Find your reading glasses — we’re digging into the history of The Read House.
- Dr. John T. Read built the Read House Hotel + opened it on New Year’s Day in 1872.
- John sold the lease to his son, Samuel R. Read, in 1879.
- Much of the original building was demolished in 1926, and the current structure was built.
- Albert Noe Jr. bought it in 1943, who operated it until his death in 1947.
- His son, Albert Noe III took over, and in 1960, converted a portion of the hotel to a motor inn, which opened in 1962 + had 106 rooms and a parking garage.
- After some shuffling, The Read House is now owned and operated by Avocet Hospitality Group.
- The Charleston, SC-based group worked with local residents, historians, and architects to recreate a modern version of the original, 1920s hotel.
- The Read Hotel is listed in the National Register of Historic Places + is an example of the grand hotels built for railroad passengers in the early 1900s.
The current structure was designed by Chicago-based firm Holabird and Roche in the Georgian style. Holabird and Roche is now called Holabird and Root + is best known for designing some of the world’s first skyscrapers.
Georgian (n.): an architectural style marked by symmetry and proportion based on Grecian and Roman classical architecture and Renaissance revival architecture. You will not find a lot of ornament, if any at all, on the exterior.
In 2016, local architecture firm, Artech Design Group began working with Texas-based company ForrestPerkins to restore and refresh the Read House. The $27 million renovation project was completed in 2018.