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Follow the signs to Hotel Windsor in Johnson City, Tennessee

Constructed in 1909 by Henry Wilson Pardue, the Hotel Windsor (also known as the Windsor Hotel) was originally, and unsurprisingly, the Hotel Pardue. Sometime between 1913 and 1915, William F. Green obtained the building and renamed the hotel “Windsor.” After Mr. Green passed away, his widow, Reba Green (later Reba Offinger), managed the business until the early 1920s.

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Hotel Windsor, c. 1925: Note the “Hotel Pardue” painted below the large Hotel Windsor sign at the top of the building. From the Burr Harrison Photographs (BH-32).

Wesley W. Westmoreland was proprietor until the early to mid-1930s, when brothers James and Ralph Preas took over. Ralph was the last manager of the hotel, which was demolished in 1971.

The Hotel Windsor Records contain plans and pencil sketches for highway signs advertising the hotel between the 1930s and 1950s, with some planned for use as far away as Flag Pond, Tennessee (32 miles from Johnson City).

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“Windsor Hotel Signs.” There are 33 sign locations on this list. From the Windsor Hotel Records.

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(Top) “4 Miles to Johnson City” planned for Glanzstoff Road. (Bottom) “2 Miles to Johnson City” planned for 1st High Point. Date: August 13, 1934. From the Windsor Hotel Records.

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“Deluxe Suites Remodeled.” Date October 15, 1939. From the Windsor Hotel Records.

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“Hotel Windsor Next Corner.” Planned for Greenland Cafe. Note the “R.A. Preas Mgr” in the bottom right. From the Windsor Hotel Records.

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“32 Mi. Johnson City.” Planned for Vance’s Barn, Flag Pond, Tennessee. Date: September 15, 1955. Note the “Free Parking” advertisement. From the Windsor Hotel Records.

For those of you wondering where the Hotel Windsor was located in Johnson City, here is a map from the collection:

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And before we wrap up, here is one really cool example of the hotel’s letterhead:

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Want to know more about the Windsor Hotel Records and its contents? Check out the finding aid: http://archives.etsu.edu/repositories/2/resources/354!

 

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About Laura Smith

I'm the Education & Outreach Archivist for the Archives of Appalachia at East Tennessee State University. Please contact me if you have any questions about the collections or visiting the Archives.

One comment on “Follow the signs to Hotel Windsor in Johnson City, Tennessee

  1. Mike Hopson
    January 6, 2017

    It was a brothel for most if its existence. When it was demolished, the brothel operation moved to the Inns of America, just below where the present JBCPublic library is located.

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This entry was posted on September 13, 2016 by in 20th Century, Appalachian History, From Our Collection, Johnson City, Tennessee.
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