Matthew Brown: Restore Sir Walter Hotel

January 31, 2014 

Regarding the Jan. 29 news article “Land sale approved for hotel”: We don’t need another boring chain hotel in downtown Raleigh. We should be restoring our beautiful, fabulous, historic Sir Walter Hotel. We can build a nice old folks home for the current residents. Downtown Raleigh lost its historic City Hall, historic Court House, historic movie theaters, historic opera house and historic art museum.

We lost most of our historic hotels, but we still have a chance to restore the grandest of them, the Sir Walter. It has a gorgeous lobby and ballroom. It is a quick walk from the Convention Center and other attractions. It would present a much more interesting and sophisticated welcome to our visitors than another bland chain hotel.

Richmond has the Jefferson. Atlanta has the Ellis. Norfolk has the Tazewell. Charlotte has the Dunhill. Nashville has the Hermitage. Charleston has the Francis Marion. Is another Marriott really the best Raleigh can do?

Matthew Brown, Raleigh

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