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Hotel Adolphus –
1321 Commerce Street
Dallas, Texas 75202
web site (214) 742-8200
Hotel Adolphus can be found on Commerce
Street, between N. Griffith St, and N. Ervay St. which is a one way
street, running north. Both these cross streets run into the 386
Freeway. Commerce St. runs west/east between two freeways, 429A to
284A. Hotel Adolphus is 2 blocks south of Renaissance Tower.
This glorious 1912, historic hotel, built
by Beer baron, Adolphus Busch, is described as being "21 stories of
unabashed baroque splendor." It was the tallest building in Dallas,
until 1922 when the Magnolia Petroleum Building was built. becoming
the tallest building. Hotel Adolphus opened on October 5, 1912, to
rave reviews, and has been in continuous use ever since. The Hotel
is on the National Register of Historic Places.
Tom and I would heartily agree that Hotel
Adolphus is a lavish example of baroque architecture, and is in
great shape. It was never allowed to sink into disrepair/ruin, as
many other grand hotels have been allowed to do.
From its very beginning, Hotel Adolphus
offered the very best in service, amenities, and great food! It was
the favorite place for the well-to-do for their parties, for their
holidays, and for their special occasions or events. Like a lot of
up-scale, 1912 Hotels, Hotel Adolphus had glorious, ornate
ballroom, offering a spectacular place for social events, dancing,
and parties for the upper-class; a big draw to many in Dallas, who
took advantage of this perk of the hotel.
It was a cavernous ballroom, with a high
ceiling, found on the 19th floor, but also taking up part of the
20th and 21st floors. It too was a glorious monument to the baroque
style architecture, and had a beautiful hard wood floor and a
marble staircase, going up to rooftop. Many a bride had her dream
wedding here. Many debutante balls, and dances for all occasions
were held here, throughout the 20s, 30s, 40s and beyond, with live
bands and performers.
It was never allowed to sink into
disrepair/ruin, as many other grand hotels have been allowed to do.
Owners of this proud hotel have through the years renewed and
renovated the building, sensitive to the changing times and their
guests preferences, making opportunities to develop other revenues
of income, so important in putting a building to work.
It was determined that more rooms were
needed to keep up with demand, so the Hotel underwent a series of
expansions, and by 1950 it had 1,200 rooms, because it was
discovered that Hotel Adolphus was a popular place to stay with
many people with the means and status.
By the 1980s the need to change with the
times again became apparent. The Hotel Adolphus underwent another
series of renovations that resulted in the number of rooms for
guests decreasing to 428, probably to make way for what was a
popular alternative that was pleasing to many groups: flexible
meeting and event space. Other needed improvements in what the
Hotel Adolphus could offer were also made.
With these new improvements, what was
needed was more rooms for guests. It was determined that the demand
for such a large ballroom wasn't there any more, so the ballroom
space on the 19th floor, was transformed into a series of hallways,
with lovely rooms on either side. A lower ceiling was put in place,
leaving no hint that a ballroom was on this floor at all.
However, on the 21st floor, there is a
door, that leads to a challenging cat walk; after some real effort,
and a knowledgeable guide to take a person to it. From this
precarious perch, Brian Anderson, from the Dallas Morning News,
could look down and see what was left of the ballroom, and the new
ceiling of the 19th floor. Brian was writing an article for the
October 28th, 2003 edition of The Dallas Morning News, exploring
the history and possible hauntings reported to take place in this
hotel. (See photos at The Dallas Morning News.)
Recently, as of 2009, $80 million dollars
worth of renovations, improvements and enhancements were completed,
to better suit the needs/meet the high expectations of their
guests, offering lavish amenities, along with great service, to
keep their customers coming back.
Their insight as to the value of having
flexible and attractive event space paid off in a big way, so now
there is even more of it; 24,000 square feet, attracting a variety
of groups to hold their activities at the Hotel Adolphus, as well
as perhaps spending the night there as well, kept company by some
entities attached to this magnificent hotel.
CAUSES OF MANIFESTATIONS:
According to urban legend, sometime during
the 1930s, a bride, who was to be married in the Hotel Adolphus
ballroom, was stood up at the altar, in front of family and
friends, abandoned by her beloved. Very embarrassed, emotionally
crushed and distraught, she hung herself not far from the ballroom.
On this web site, abandonment and betrayal have been a big cause of
suicide among women, causing hauntings from unhappy spirits.
(Hassayampa Inn * Plains Hotel * The 17 Hundred 90 Inn * The Vendome Hotel)
People who enjoy a place during their
lifetime, they sometimes like to spend their after-life in this
place where they had fond memories and good times. Musicians,
guests, and staff have been known to be attracted to places that
have meant a lot to them during their lives.
(Jekyll Island Club Hotel * Blackhawk Hotel * The Baker Hotel * The Roosevelt Hotel * The Natatorium)
On the 19th Floor —
Phantom Music from the past:
Guests and staff have heard rather loud
dance band music, and piano music on this floor, which stops when
the staff come to investigate.
People who stay in the rooms on the 19th
floor, have heard footsteps traveling up and down the hallways.
Sometimes guests hear running feet.
The female entity of the Bride
— Killing herself didn't bring her any peace, as she is still
sad and lonely.
The sound of a woman crying has been heard
in the hallway, by staff on the late shift, and by guests who
report that the crying is coming from the room next to them.
(See Brian Anderson's article for more info): An
off-duty waiter and his girlfriend out of curiosity, came up to the
19th floor to see if they would see her. When they got off the
elevator, they were greeted with a hot blast of air, that was
followed by the awareness of an unseen presence. After making a
hasty retreat back to their 10th floor room and to friends who were
waiting for them, this presence followed them into the room,
perhaps yearning to be with young people again. An apparition of a
young woman in her bridal gown has made an appearance in front of
various people on the 19th Floor, and has also been seen
wandering the other areas of the Hotel Adolphus, perhaps looking
for her family, friends and her husband-to-be.
Paranormal Activity experienced
throughout the Hotel Adolphus.
The entity who supervises the staff:
A young man, who was on the late night
shift, had the job of traveling around to the various floors,
collecting service trays and carts. He often felt that an unseen
presence came along with him, watching him.
Staff members report the uncanny feeling of
being watched as they perform their duties.
Entities of Former Guests
Doors open and slam shut by themselves.
Windows open forcefully.
A maid was tapped on the shoulder by an
unseen presence, while cleaning a room. Perhaps this entity had a
request for some service. Being dead shouldn't stop the amenities
Bistro Restaurant —
Female Entity — A long time guest who
had died, still visits the restaurant/bar. Her apparition has been
seen, sitting at her favorite table.
Male or Female Entity — Another
unseen, former guest likes to move the beer bottles around the
display case, perhaps to let the bartender know that he/she is
still there, perhaps wanting a drink?
Appears to be — according to many
personal experiences. Also, Hotel Adolphus has been a favorite
place to investigate by both amateur and professional Ghost Hunter
groups. Some evidence has been gathered, for instance:
Faint apparitions of heads have been caught on camera, during
receptions by this amateur ghost hunter photographer.
paranormal.lovetoknow.com * hotel-online.com
hoteladolphus.com * ghosttraveller.com * ntskeptics.org