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Sir Walter Hotel Lobby

The Sir Walter Hotel is the last remaining grand hotel of the early 20th century in Raleigh.

The Only Hotel in Raleigh . . .

with radio and circulating ice water in every room–air conditioned restaurant–HOTEL SIR WALTER Garage adjacent–own laundry and valet plant–drug store–two fine restaurants, with orchestral music–Delightful tavern.

400 Rooms with Bath : Rates $2.50 upward

Raleigh’s Largest and Finest Hotel

Built in 1923, the Sir Walter Hotel was referred to as the “third house of government” for decades, as it served as a meeting place for state political activity.  This postcard dates to after 1938, as it was that date when it underwent a massive renovation and saw an expansion to 400 rooms, as mentioned in the caption above.

The hotel went in to decline in the 1960s when the new Legislative Building was constructed and political activity moved out, along with a general postwar trend of hotels moving away from city centers and out toward the suburbs.

Unlike the Hotel Raleigh or Hotel Carolina, The Sir Walter still stands today on Fayetteville Street. The lobby shown in the first image is still largely intact. It was converted to senior housing in the 1970s.

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