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Dedication ceremony for Luther Hotel set for Saturday in Palacios

By adriana_acosta
July 18, 2012 at 2:18 a.m.

A marker dedication for the Luther Hotel in Palacios will be held on Saturday, July 21.

The United States Department of the Interior placed the hotel on the National Register of Historic places.

Activities at the dedication ceremony include the unveiling of marker, welcome ceremony by Ona Lea Piece, Matagorda County Historical Commission chairman; Nate McDonald, Matagorda County Judge; James Gibson and commissioner, Pct. 3.

Refreshments and a tour of the hotel following the ceremony will take place.

"Life is good, I am very excited this is finally happening," said Jack Findley, owner of The Luther Hotel.

The hotel began as a small hotel in 1903, a mile down the road from where it stands now. In 1905, the hotel was moved in three sections to where it stands now.

Famous for having one of the longest front porches in Texas, Jack Findley, owner of the hotel, said he wants to bring that uniqueness back.

Over the years, the hotel changed ownership and names. The hotel was first named Bay View Hotel, then the Pride of the Palacios, the Jewel on Tres Palacios, the Palacios Hotel and then the Luther Hotel after Charles and Elise Luther took over the hotel in 1936.

The couple reopened the hotel in 1941, naming it after themselves in honor of their 20th wedding anniversary.

Following the death of her parents, Claire Joy Luther Findley took over operation of the Luther Hotel is and managed the hotel until she passed away in 2005.

"She was the boss," Findley said about his wife. "I just did what she asked me to do."

In 1965, the State Historical Survey Committee (now the Texas Historical Commission) designated The Luther Hotel as a Recorded Texas Historic Landmark.

Walking into the Luther Hotel is like walking into a different decade. Antique photos, original carpeting, china and furniture adorn the halls of the hotel.

Getting the hotel added to the National Historic Places in 2010 was something Findley said he did for his wife.

"This is something that she wanted, and I was able to do for her," he said.

Findley said earlier in her life, people stayed at the Luther for its elegant ballrooms and fancy dinning. Now they stay because of the relaxing atmosphere.

"She has withstood hurricanes, Mother Nature and everything that us humans have put her through," he said. "She is a grand lady."



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