Nooga.com was invited to tour and photograph the interior of the historic Ross Hotel (formerly Hotel Ross) at the corner of Georgia Avenue and Patten Parkway this week.
Last week, River City Company announced the acquisition of the Ross Hotel property, with support from the Benwood Foundation.
They plan to utilize the building as a “strategic site for more rental housing” in the core of the city. According to a release from the organization, the Ross Hotel property is part of a much larger plan based on the results of two studies on downtown housing.
A request for proposals is available to potential developers. Deadline for submissions is Friday, June 20.
The Hotel Ross officially opened in a “blaze of glory” in March 1925, according to a local newspaper account.
All 70 of the “luxuriously furnished rooms” were occupied by 10 p.m. that night, and many patrons were turned away.
“Surprise was expressed by all visitors at the beauty and attractiveness of the new hotel, whose richness of furnishings would be creditable to some of the most magnificent hostelries in the country,” a newspaper account described at the time.
For 28 years, the restaurant portion of the hotel was home to popular music venue Yesterday’s and, later, Midtown Music Hall.
Although much of the restaurant space is still in relatively good condition, the hotel itself is just a shell of its former magnificence.
Added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1980, the building was originally known as the Delmonico Hotel in 1888.
Scopes Monkey Trial attorney and presidential candidate William Jennings Bryan spent his last night alive in the Hotel Ross in July 1925.
The property was most recently owned by the Paty family and was listed for sale at $1.8 million in 2013.