Ambassador Hotel, Dallas' Oldest Hotel, Burns to the Ground
Sad news out of the Lone Star State this morning. The vacant Ambassador Hotel, a 115-year-old historic landmark just south of downtown Dallas, was completely gutted by fire Tuesday morning.
Dallas Morning News reports that flames could be seen for miles after the fire broke out around 1:30 a.m. Nearly 100 firefighters responded to the blaze, which was under control by 5 a.m.
Dallas Fire-Rescue spokesman Jason Evans told the Morning News that the hotel suffered a "pretty significant collapse" straight down the middle and went on to describe the building as "a total loss."
The Ambassador Hotel, the oldest hotel structure in Dallas, was just entered on the National Register of Historic Places on April 4. According to Preservation Dallas, presidents Theodore Roosevelt, William Howard Taft, and Woodrow Wilson all stayed there during its heyday, when it was touted as the "first suburban luxury hotel" in the city.
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In 1955, the Ambassador Hotel was converted to a retirement home, and operated as an apartment building for seniors through the late 1970s. It was currently undergoing renovations to transform it into a mixed-use development featuring a mix of luxury apartments and retail space.
Fortunately, nobody was injured in the blaze.