Monday, September 30, 2013

Barringer Hotel

1965 shot of the Barringer Hotel's famous elegant dining room

1941 shot

The Barringer Hotel was located on the southeast corner of North Tryon and Eighth Streets. It was the last to be built of the original Charlotte downtown fine hotels. Lawrence and Flora Barringer opened the hotel on December 14, 1940 and named it in honor of Lawrence's father, William R. Barringer. Its elegant dining room was a popular dining spot for lodgers and residents alike. It would fall on hard times in the 1970's, changing hands frequently with its incarnation as the Cavalier Inn through the mid-'70's being the longest. The building still stands today. No longer a hotel, it currently houses homeless women in need.

Mickey Rooney's Stairway to the Stars

From October 1969 comes this article about a planned restaurant chain involving Mickey Rooney and Dick Van Dyke. Not sure if it ever happened, but it sounds interesting.

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

S & W Cafeteria - Interior shots

Three exciting interior shots of the original S&W Cafeteria that was on West Trade St. Click here for the original S&W post.