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The Westin Poinsett Joins Historic Hotels of America®

GREENVILLE, SOUTH CAROLINA—June 11, 2103 – The Westin Poinsett is pleased to announce it has joined Historic Hotels of America®, the program of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

The Westin Poinsett is one of more than 240 hotels and resorts throughout the country that is recognized by Historic Hotels of America for preserving and maintaining its historic integrity, architecture and ambiance.

“We are delighted to induct The Westin Poinsett built in 1925 to Historic Hotels of America” said Lawrence Horwitz, executive director of Historic Hotels Worldwide. “This southern style hotel, also known to the community as ‘Carolina’s Finest’ is a great addition to Historic Hotels of America.”

To be selected for membership in Historic Hotels of America, 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.

“We consider Historic Hotels of America to be a strong, multi-faceted marketing partner, delivering real return on investment  to our three member hotels, The Westin Poinsett, The Francis Marion, and the Middlebury Inn,” said Laura Dopp, from Portwood Properties.

Upon opening in 1925, The Westin Poinsett was deemed "Carolina's Finest," ushering in a tradition of luxury and service that now exceeds 85 years. Built in the center of Greenville, South Carolina, on the site of the old Mansion House Hotel, The Poinsett Hotel was the brainchild of architect W.L. Stoddard.  The new hotel was quickly recognized for its groundbreaking skyscraping height and even higher price tag of $1.5 million dollars.  The hotel was named for prominent American botanist and statesman Joel Poinsett, a South Carolina native, also responsible for the Poinsettia flower's introduction to America.

The 30’s and 40’s saw both the business and the reputation of the hotel grow. Despite the Great Depression, the hotel continued on, playing host to such notable guests as John Barrymore, Jack Dempsey, Amelia Earhart, Gloria Swanson, and in later years Robert Kennedy and Liberace. The Poinsett Hotel became a crucial component of the local community and a must-see for travelers.  Dances, parties and conventions were held it its ballrooms.

Ownership changed hands in 1946, and for the next 25 years was operated as part of the Jack Tar hotel chain. By the 1970’s the years were starting to show on the once grand Poinsett and it was closed in 1975. From 1975 to the late 1990’s the Poinsett Hotel reopened as a senior living hotel, and later was recognized by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. The hotel eventually shut its doors and was listed among the eleven most endangered historical sites in South Carolina.

The elegant 12-story hotel has been renovated to its original grandeur, with an extensive renovation that began in 1997. In June 2000, the owners, former employees, and friends of the Poinsett Hotel celebrated the 75th anniversary of its original grand opening with an exhibit of historic memorabilia in City Hall and a reception in the Gold Ballroom of the hotel. Shortly after its anniversary celebration, The Westin Poinsett reopened for guests on October 22, 2000. Located in the heart of downtown Greenville on Main Street, The Westin Poinsett's iconic lobby bar boasts a sophisticated cocktail hour with jazz piano.

About Historic Hotels of America®
Historic Hotels of America is the official program of the National Trust for Historic Preservation for recognizing and celebrating the finest Historic Hotels. Historic Hotels of America was founded in 1989 by the National Trust for Historic Preservation® with 32 charter members.  In 2007, Preferred Hotel Group partnered with the National Trust for Historic Preservation to grow and enhance Historic Hotels of America. Historic Hotels of America has more than 240 historic hotels. These historic hotels have all faithfully maintained their authenticity, sense of place, and architectural integrity in the United States of America, including the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico, Historic Hotels of America is comprised of mostly independently owned and operated properties.  More than 30 of the world’s finest hospitality brands, chains, and collections are represented in Historic Hotels of America. To be nominated and selected for membership into this prestigious program, a hotel must be at least 50 years old, listed in or eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places or recognized as having historic significance. For more information, please visit

Heather Taylor 
Historic Hotels of America
Manager, Marketing Communications
Tel: +1 202 772 8333
Fax: +1 202 772 8338
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