Monday, April 23, 2018

NC: The Cardinal Hotel Gives a Second Life to an Iconic Winston-Salem Building

Via Sister Anne

The Cardinal Hotel in Downtown Winston-Salem
The waiting area for the elevators looks the same as it did in the building’s heyday, full of brass and marble.

A new hotel in the Art Deco splendor of the old R.J. Reynolds headquarters hoped to attract travelers from far and wide. Nobody expected guests to come from just across town.

Fifty people were invited to the grand opening of a new hotel in Winston-Salem in 2016. Two hundred showed up, most just wanting a look inside. One of them was Dr. Lou Gottlieb, who, decades before, had his ophthalmology office on the 12th floor of the high-rise. Back then, a patient coming in for a new set of glasses would sometimes push the wrong button in the elevator and be spit out into the office of the chairman of the R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company.

The Reynolds Building, now home to The Cardinal Hotel, was once the company’s headquarters. It’s an Art Deco palace of Indiana limestone, polished brass, and corporate intrigue. No expense was spared. One year, the company tore up the sidewalk and installed heating coils underneath because a snowstorm had made the concrete slick. The building had its own small army of plumbers, carpenters, and electricians, as well as a tight security force. After Dr. Gottlieb noticed a pair of glasses missing from a display case, the company posted a guard in his office 24 hours a day for a month. They nabbed the thief: a repairman who’d pocketed some specs during his monthly after-hours visit.

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  1. Winston-Salem owes it's existence to Reynolds and it's offspring.
    The renovations bring a breath of new life to a renewed downtown; best to everyone involved.

    1. :) No shortage of elevators. Downtown Richmond is a disgrace.

  2. The Art Deco period was the end of inspired large buildings. Structures that made a statement in their beauty and design. The Communist/Socialist utilitarian design became the standard. So rather than buildings that stimulated and stirred imagination and creation. Cities are now populated with depressing concrete monstrosities. These building depress, inhibit, and suppress imagination and creation.


    1. Yes and they even ruined Saigon. At least they didn't tear down all the old French villa/structures.

  3. If you have no soul all your efforts will reflect that.