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Hotel Reynolds

401 North Main Street
Winston-Salem NC United States

Construction Dates
Floor Count22
Basement Floors2
Floor Area24,739 m²
Building Uses
 - hotel
 - conference
 - museum
 - restaurant
 - fitness center
Structural Types
 - highrise
Architectural Style
 - art deco
 - streamline moderne
 - limestone

 Heights ValueSource / Comments 
Spire380 ft
Roof315 ft

Architect: Shreve Lamb and Harmon Associates
General Contractor: James Baird Construction Company
Hotel Developer: Quaintance-Weaver Restaurants & Hotels

Plans approved: December 10, 1927
Construction started: March 1, 1928
First steel in place: May 1, 1928
First stone set: June 27, 1928
Steel skeleton completed: August 1, 1928
Exterior cladding completed: November 1928
Building completed: December 3, 1928
All furniture and personnel in place: April 27,1929
Building cost: $2,657,559
Land cost: $433,733
Total cost: $3,091,292

North Carolina's Tallest Building - 1928 to 1965

This building has won the most national design awards of any building in the southeast. It is recognized by many architects and preservationists as the best skyscraper in North Carolina. The building is a city symbol for Winston-Salem.

Notable National Architecture Awards
1929 AIA Building of the Year
1965 AIA Best Preserved Art Deco Building
1984 AIA Honor Award for Excellence in Design
1984 Art Deco Society of New York award winner for Best Restoration of an Art Deco Building.

Lights on the building's crown can change colors at night for different holidays or events in the city.

The architects used designs for this building to create the Empire State Building's drawings in two weeks. An historical marker and museum in the lobby tell the story of how this building became the prototype for the Empire State Building. In 1979, the Empire State Building sent a Happy Birthday Dad card to the Reynolds Building. This birthday card is framed and on display in the lobby.

An upscale "green" hotel developer proposed to buy and convert this building into a LEED certified luxury hotel, with meeting space and an upscale restaurant in 2012. The renovation will open the building and its museum to the public for the first time since 1982. Renovations could begin in 2013 and the hotel could open in 2014 or 2015. The hotel conversion is currently in the design and cost estimate phase.

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