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The McLester Hotel

The above picture and accompanying article from an unknown Tuscaloosa newspaper, was graciously supplied by Mrs. Elizabeth Hamner.
    "This hotel, a cut of which appears in this paper, is the property of the McLester Building company.  The building was begun in 1887 and completed in 1888.  It is situated on the corner of Market and Cotton streets in this city of Tuscaloosa, is substantially built of brick, four stories in height, commodious in its interior arrangements, with large, airy rooms and wide halls, and cost, with ground, about $30,000.  The McLester Building company, a body corporated under the laws of the state of Alabama, owns the hotel and some adjoining property.  It was originally composed of Messers. T.M. Hays, John R. Kennedy, Wm. A. Leland and E.N.C. Snow.
     T. N. Hays was president of the company until his death in 1893, when John R. Kennedy was elected to fill the position of president.  E.N.C. Snow has been secretary and treasurer since the organization of the company in 1887.

    Since learning of the McLester Hotel a few years ago, I have been under the impression that it was founded by R.C. McLester, the above article refutes that, and the fact that R.C. McLester died in 1881, further shows it was just named in memory of him, since three of the four members of the company were his sons-in-law.

The above picture from a series of historical articles published by Chamber of Commerce on their 100th Anniversary in 2000.  This was also graciously supplied by Mrs. Elizabeth Hamner.


The McLester Hotel is on the left in this 1950's postcard.


More pictures of the McLester Hotel from 1887-1936



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