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Lee Hotel

460 North Cherry Street
Winston-Salem NC United States

Status:destroyed
Construction Dates
  Began1920
  Finished1921
  Destroyed1972
Floor Count13
Basement Floors2
Units / Rooms350
Building Uses
 - hotel
 - conference
 - restaurant
 - retail
 - fitness center
Structural Types
 - highrise

 Heights ValueSource / Comments 
Roof174 ft
Top floor141 ft

Description
North Carolina's tallest building from 1921-1923.

Hotel had 350 guest rooms and a rooftop ballroom known as the Balinese Roof. It was North Carolina's largest and best luxury hotel.

Owners planned to expand the hotel with another tower addition in 1963, but those plans were never built.

Visitors to the hotel included Harry Truman, Hubert Humphrey, Dwight D. Eisenhower, along with every North Carolina governor who served during the hotel's existance.

The last guest checked out in February 1971. Efforts by preservationists to buy the building from Hyatt Hotels and renovate it for Apartments failed.

The snow covered Hotel was demolished by 300 explosive charges at 7:26 AM on Sunday March 26, 1972. It came down in 8.5 seconds and was replaced by the Hyatt Regency Hotel.

The Marriott Winston Plaza Hotel, built in 1984, across the street from this building, was designed to look like this hotel.

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