Chesterfield Inn

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Chesterfield Inn
Chesterfield Inn Myrtle Beach SC Beachside View Jun 10.JPG
Chesterfield Inn, Beachside View, June 2010
Chesterfield Inn is located in South Carolina
Chesterfield Inn
Location 700 N. Ocean Blvd., Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
Coordinates 33°41′23″N 78°52′54″W / 33.68972°N 78.88167°W / 33.68972; -78.88167Coordinates: 33°41′23″N 78°52′54″W / 33.68972°N 78.88167°W / 33.68972; -78.88167
Area less than one acre
Built 1946
Architectural style Colonial Revival
Governing body Private
MPS Myrtle Beach MPS
NRHP Reference # 96001218[1]
Added to NRHP November 7, 1996

Chesterfield Inn, also known as Chesterfield Inn and Motor Lodge, was a historic hotel located at Myrtle Beach in Horry County, South Carolina.[2] The Chesterfield Inn consisted of two three-story, rectangular buildings constructed in 1946 and 1965. The 1946 building was of frame construction with a brick veneer exterior, with an end to front gable roof, and a raised basement foundation. It was an unusual example of Colonial Revival style architecture in the Myrtle Beach area.[3]

It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1996.[1] It was removed from the list on October 23, 2013[4] after being demolished to make way for a miniature golf course in 2012.

The original Chesterfield was a five-room house built in 1936 by Steven Chapman of Chesterfield, South Carolina. That house burned and was replaced in 1946.[5] Clay Brittain, whose uncle built the brick building, worked there as a teenager and became an owner in 1965, running the hotel until 1991.[6]

In April 2002, Parkside Inn & Suites of Anaheim, California bought the inn and improved it after Centura Bank foreclosed.[7]

By 2004, Karon Mitchell and her family owned the Chesterfield.[8] In 2009, Mitchell announced plans to tear down the inn for a mini golf course to accompany the new Myrtle Beach Boardwalk.[5]

The plan was delayed by the economic downturn, but by the end of June 2012 demolition was scheduled. People who wanted artifacts were able to collect them on June 19, 2012. The mini golf course was scheduled to open the following March.[9]

On August 22, 2012, the Chesterfield Inn was demolished by construction crews.[10] Shark Attack Adventure Golf opened on the site in Spring 2013, with bricks from the old inn painted with the green and white "Chesterfield" sign. Hammerhead Grill following in the summer in June, with tables made from the inn's floors, and inn-related items on display.[11][12][13]

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  1. ^ a b "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2009-03-13. 
  2. ^ Hardison, Lillian (September 1995). "Chesterfield Inn" (pdf). National Register of Historic Places - Nomination and Inventory. Retrieved 15 July 2012. 
  3. ^ "South Carolina Department of Archives and History". National Register Properties in South Carolina: Chesterfield Inn, Horry County (700 N. Ocean Blvd., Myrtle Beach), including six photos. South Carolina Department of Archives and History. 2010-06-21. 
  4. ^ [1]
  5. ^ a b Lorena Anderson, "Final Days of the Chesterfield Inn," The Sun News, October 5, 2009.
  6. ^ Alan Blondin, "MB National Chairman to Receive Award," The Sun News, February 26, 2003.
  7. ^ Dawn Bryant, "Historic Hotel Gets New Owner," The Sun News, May 11, 2002.
  8. ^ Josh Hoke, "The Battle Over Boom," The Sun News, July 5, 2004.
  9. ^ Bryant, Dawn (June 13, 2012). "Myrtle Beach says goodbye to historic inn, will be replaced by mini golf and restaurant". Myrtle Beach Online. Sun News. Retrieved July 15, 2012. 
  10. ^ Bryant, Dawn. "Historic inn in Myrtle Beach bites the dust". The Sun News. Retrieved August 23, 2012. 
  11. ^ "New Attractions for Myrtle Beach in 2013". Retrieved April 18, 2013. 
  12. ^ Dawn Bryant, "Spring sending mixed signals for business on Myrtle Beach’s Boulevard," The Sun News, April 6, 2013.
  13. ^ Dawn Bryant,"Relics from historic Chesterfield Inn find home in new Myrtle Beach development," The Sun News, Monday, June 3, 2013.

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