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The Lancaster Hotel


    The Lancaster Hotel
 in Houston
    The Lancaster Hotel
 in Houston
    The Lancaster Hotel
 in Houston

Overview

The classically historic Lancaster, set in the heart of Houston’s Theater District, is welcoming from the moment one approaches the brass and beveled glass front doors. Built in 1926, as the Auditorium Hotel, the Italian renaissance style hotel has exquisite detailing on its upper floors.

Entering the lobby, the sweeping staircase flows from the dramatic mezzanine above, giving credence to its designation as one of the "most romantic hotels" in Houston. The Lancaster is the city’s only boutique hotel owned and operated by descendants of the original developer and the longest continually operated hotel in Houston.

A smiling, friendly staff is happy to help guests with careful attention to detail and a personal touch. The building, designed by Joseph Finger, a distinguished Houston architect, is still owned by the great-grandchildren of developer Michele DeGeorge. During the 1920’s Houston grew by leaps and bounds and became a transportation hub.

Houston’s large port, railroads and bus lines all developed during this period creating a need for travelers to stay when coming to this new and growing state. The Lancaster Hotel was and still is a part of the construction boom of Houston. Today it allows visitors to walk to numerous destinations in the nearby business, Theater District and Historic District nightlife.

The night starts in the hugely popular Bar in Bistro Lancaster. The Auditorium Hotel was built across the street from the now demolished City Auditorium and was designated as a Recorded Texas Historic Landmark in 1984. History greets guests immediately inside the lobby. Visitors will be wowed with a floor-to-ceiling photo of a horse standing at the front desk in January 1927, only two months after the hotel opened.

Vaudeville and silent film stars Betty Rand, also known as Grace Rodens, holds the reins of her beloved Arabian horse Phantom. Betty and her husband were guests at the Auditorium Hotel. Boarded at a nearby stable, equine star Phantom was in town to perform in a movie filmed in Houston and on Galveston beaches.

In 1927 and 1928, the hotel’s guest roster included a then-unknown performer at the Palace Theater, Clark Gable. Family legend relates that management once held his trunk for ransom due to his failure to pay rent. During World War II, the basement of the hotel was transformed into the Stage Canteen, a circus-themed cabaret for enlisted servicemen in uniform. Houstonians operated it free of charge each weekend for three years serving more than 200,000 servicemen. One celebrity who entertained the troops was singing cowboy Gene Autry, who rode his horse Champion into the hotel entry and down the stairs into the basement. Autry was in town to perform at the Houston Fat Stock Show & Rodeo. Stage Door Canteens were a product of the American Theater Wing in NYC. Several American cities hosted them. USOs have taken their place.

While the Auditorium Hotel once served business travelers, families, rodeo performers, wrestlers and boxers, today’s upscale guests will include opera singers, famous lecturers, ballerinas, world-class performing artists, theater patrons, business travelers, families and individuals.

The hotel is alive with stories and history at every turn. Bedrooms are adorned with posters of the nearby performing arts. The 12th floor suite is named DiGiorgio 1884, the 11th floor suite DeGeorge 1926. With historic names as 1836, Block 59 and Fourth Ward, the mezzanine meeting rooms and halls are adorned with historic photos and old maps. Colorful posters of movies filmed in Texas and Houston grace the walls of Bistro Lancaster.

During World War II, service men and women were entertained at The Lancaster by performers such as Gene Autry.

Original Property Opened: 1926

Contact Information:
701 Texas Avenue
Houston, TX

Historic Hotels of America toll-free reservations number (800) 678-8946

The Jazz Age, 1919 ~ 1928

The classically historic Lancaster, set in the heart of Houston’s Theater District, is welcoming from the moment one approaches the brass and beveled glass front doors. Built in 1926, as the Auditorium Hotel, the Italian renaissance style hotel has exquisite detailing on its upper floors.

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