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Monday, July 2, 2012

The Read House - downtown Chattanooga

Read House

Dr. John T. Read built and opened the original Read House in 1872, and sold it to his son Samuel Read in 1879. Eventually that building was demolished and this replacement Read House was built in 1926 at a cost of over $2 Million. Samuel sold the hotel to the Noe family in 1943 until the mid 60s when it was bought by the Provident Life and Accident Company. Later it became a Radisson and is now a Sheraton.

The building is on the National Register of Historic Places because of its Georgian Architecture and since it is a significant example of the opulent hotels for railroad passengers in the early twentieth century (NCSt.L's Union Depot was across the street until 1972). The hotel is a ten story red brick building with the main story limestone base and storefront windows. Terra Cotta detail work decorates the exterior as quoining, window surrounds and pediments, beltcourses, and cornices.

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