Melrose Hotel gets recognition for historic preservation efforts

Posted on 25 Jan 2007 at 8:32pm
By Staff Reports

Oak Lawn hotel one of 200 hotels, resorts to be honored by Historic Hotels of America as “‘distinguished properties’

Warwick Melrose Hotel, Dallas, located in the heart of Oak Lawn, is one of more than 200 hotels and resorts throughout the country that has been recognized by Historic Hotels of America for preserving and maintaining its historic integrity, architecture and ambiance, Warwick Melrose officials announced this week.

Thierry Roch, executive director of Historic Hotels of America, said, “By inviting the Warwick Melrose Hotel, Dallas into our collection of distinguished properties, we are continuing to encourage historic preservation while at the same time showcasing this hotel’s rich history. Our goal is to bring these historically special hotels and their authentic experiences to the attention of the traveling public.”

Larry McAfee, general manager for the Warwick Melrose said the hotel’s management and staff are “excited and proud to be a member of such a fine collection. We look forward to a long and prosperous association.

To be selected for membership in National Trust Historic Hotels, a hotel must be at least 50 years old, listed in or eligible for the National Register of Historic Places or recognized locally as having historic significance.

The Warwick Melrose Hotel, Dallas was built on farm land originally owned, in 1876, by Civil War veteran Col. George Mellersh. The hotel was designed by Chicago architect C.D. Hill in the classic Sullivanesque Chicago style
The composition of red brick with terra cotta base trim and flat roof was a style favored by many Dallas builders. When it was completed in 1924, the hotel quickly became known for its elegant atmosphere and gracious hospitality.

The National Trust Historic Hotels, a nonprofit membership organization, was established in 1989 with 32 charter members. It is now a diverse collection of properties ranging form large luxury hotels in major cities to small-town inns, country retreats and polished resorts throughout the country.

Historic Hotels of America is a program of the National Trust for Historic Preservation and has identified more than 200 hotels that have faithfully maintained their historic integrity, architecture and ambiance. A directory of member hotels can be purchased for $4 by sending a check to National Trust Historic Hotels of America, P.O. Box 320, Washington, D.C. 20055-0320.

Rooms at any of the member hotels can be reserved by calling 800-678-8946 or at www.historichotels.org. Reservations made through Historic Hotels of America support the National Trust.

For more information visit www.nationaltrust.org.

This article appeared in the Dallas Voice print edition October 26, 2007

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