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Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Imperial Hotel - Monterey, TN

Imperial Hotel (2011 view) - Monterey, TN

As it says painted on the side, the hotel opened in 1909 at this location as a railroad hotel near Monterey's train station. Passenger service stopped in the area several decades ago, so the Imperial stopped operating as a hotel soon after. However, since then, they remained opened as a ballroom and meeting or banquet space.

About a year ago in 2012, the Hotel was in the news. With a building this old, it became too costly to continue to meet codes, so it completely closed after a court battle. Also, the stairs and awning on the longer south side was removed to make way for a path to the new Monterey Museum and Depot which is now between the hotel and the tracks.

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