The Hotel Charlotte was built as a luxury hotel by local business leaders and by citizen subscription. After it opened in March, 1924, it quickly became one of the city's leading social centers and a symbol of the city's growth as a major economic center.
The steel frame construction was sheathed in gray granite and buff colored brick. Ornamentation was limited to the lower and attic sections.
An addition in the late 1930's on the building's south side expanded the number of rooms from 250 to 400.
Despite being listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1979, it was torn down in the 1980's.
The Carillon Tower now rests on this site formally occupied by the hotel.
Fire Insurance maps indicate a main roof height (excluding penthouse construction) of 132' (40 m).
Imploded on Sunday, November 6, 1988, with 200 pounds of explosive charges.
Some of the hotel's more famous guests included: Franklin D. Roosevelt, Dwight D. Eisenhower, Lyndon B. Johnson, Richard Nixon, Elvis Presley, Huey Long, boxer Jack Dempsey and Babe Ruth.
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