Tuesday, November 30, 2010

White Wednesday & The Adolphus Hotel

038 night shot of cherubs on side of Adolphus Hotel

Welcome to another White Wednesday hosted by Kathleen & for today's white I wanted to share the beautiful white stone on the side of the Adolphus Hotel in downtown Dallas. I have always loved this landmark & in October my friend Sandy came out to join me at the Gilded Life Art Event (see my sidebar for a link to all the past posts about this). We took a class all day Friday & had vendor night with cocktails, only to return EARLY the next day for another class. Instead of driving over an hour (one way) to go home I surprised Sandy & booked us a room in this amazing little slice of history.

065 Closeup of Art carved on front of building

The Adolphus: The Legend of the Grande Dame of Grand Hotels

Immerse yourself in the Gilded Age glamour of The Adolphus in Dallas. This baroque masterpiece has been a legend among America's historic hotels since 1912, when Missouri beer baron Adolphus Busch was approached by city founders to erect a luxury palace worthy of the Lone Star State and one of his most lucrative markets. Fame, fortune, and flamboyance came together in 21 stories of unabashed beaux arts splendor that critics have called “the most beautiful building west of Venice.” Throughout its history, luminaries such as Babe Ruth, the Vanderbilts, U2, Oscar de la Renta, Donald Trump, and Queen Elizabeth II have chosen The Adolphus as their Dallas pied-a-terre. You will feel right at home at The Adolphus, where magnificent architecture, first-class service and a dynamic downtown location set the stage for a truly regal experience.

067 Closeup

Don’t you love the white stone & all the carving & relief work?

068 Corner built to look like a beer stein

Notice the shape of this corner… designed to mimic a beer stein.

041 more art on side of building

I love the play of the light at night against the the white stone. I am such a sucker for great architecture!

069 Cherubs & art work that I took night photo's of

OK!!!! Let’s step inside…



This is ONE of two or three amazing delicate chandeliers' hanging in The French Room.

Sandy & I went inside The French Room Bar that Friday night & had an amazing gingerbread pudding with rum sauce & coffee with amaretto. YUMMMMMMMMMMY & so very pretty. We just sat & visited while enjoying the surroundings.

052 Art in front of entrance to The French Room

Another look at a bit of the gilt work & carvings on the walls of The French Room.

053 Plasterwork & painting on walls

While registering at the front desk the young man that helped us was probably related to my Hubby’s family although they spell their name with an e instead of an a. But, the best part of this story is that he gave us a FREE upgrade & we had a fabulous suite.


I hope you enjoyed the little peek into our wonderful experience & enjoyed seeing the grand architecture of another century. Again, I LOVE the amazing white stone work & hope you enjoyed this post for White Wednesday! Be sure to visit HERE the other girls playing White Wednesday this week. Sandy, I hope this brings back some wonderful memories. It sure does for me!

Hugs! Charlene


Pat @ My Tattered Elegance said...

I love the Adolphus too. I stayed there in 75 or 76 while I was in beauty school. The Texas Beauty Show was held there and some of my class attended. The Adolphus and the Beauty show was wonderful. Lots of good memories for me. The only thing was we were way up there and I couldn't look out the large windows in our room. I have a BIG problem with heights.lol
Hugs, Pat

Karin said...

How gorgeous Charlene! They just don't build them like they used to. So much attention to detail and grandeur...

Lori @ Katies Rose Cottage Designs said...

Charlene ~
That is gorgeous gorgeous !!
I think my hubby and I need to stay there ~
That is totally wonderful ~

Nan said...

I'd never heard of this it's just lovely and I bet you had a great time staying there.

Hearts Turned said...

What a gorgeous old hotel, Charlene! One of my favorite architectural time periods, too! Love all the detail...delightful!

Hope you're having a wonderful night, my friend!


Sonya Badgley said...

It sure looks like you and Sandy had a great time. I am drooling over that chandelier! Gorgeous! The architecture is just beautiful.

just me... jan said...

I wish I'd known about the Adolphus when I booked my reservations for that weekend! Like you, I stayed in Dallas to avoid the drives back to Mansfield. I'll keep this info tucked in my memory banks for next time!
just me...thinkin' you had sweeter dreams that weekend than I did...jan

Rebecca said...

Wow-Wow-Wow-that's all I can say-it's extraordinary details are AMAZING! Thanks for sharing

Jill Marcott-McCall ~Feathers & Flight~ said...

Good Morning Charlene;
What an absolute Jewel! I Love the Old Style Architecture. They Never Lose their Beauty and Appeal!Thank You for Sharing!

Sandy said...

Gorgeous! What a luxury treat and how sweet that you treated your friend to a stay. Have a merry and bright day Charlene!

Unknown said...

Man Charlene...you are living the life sista! Gorgeous...just stunning!


Francie...The Scented Cottage Studio said...

Fabulous Charlene...you took great photos.

Rebecca said...

Wow... What a great place, I love the paintings on the wall in the French room. How fabulous you got to stay there with your friend. Very special

Cami @ Creating Myself said...

The Aldolphus is amazing! We should do high tea there sometime!

You've been a busy, busy girl...loved the vintage glove pages you created!

And Noel is a beauty! I don't see the glittered skates you said you were going to add to the wreath...haven't gotten around to it yet? ;)

Are we still on for lunch Wednesday...hope so!

Unknown said...

I have never been there. It looks beautiful and I'll be sure and check it out the next time I'm in Dallas. When ever that may be! :) Thanks so much for stopping by.

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