The LaSalle Hotel in 2009.
|Location||120 S Main St
|NRHP Reference #||00000555|
|Added to NRHP||May 26, 2000|
At its opening in 1928, the seven-story hotel was the tallest building in Bryan. The LaSalle had one hundred guest rooms, a ballroom and meeting space (both have converted to guest rooms). Several businesses, including a tailor, a barber and a cafe were located on the first floor. Businessman and city leader R. W. Howell built the hotel and the Howell family owned the hotel for over thirty years. J. C. Jacques bought the property in 1959 and converted it to a nursing home. The home was open until 1975 and then became a resident hotel with small apartments until it closed in 1980. The LaSalle sat empty for seventeen years when a private developer with city backing began renovations. The hotel reopened in 2000, which started the revitalization of downtown Bryan. The hotel faltered though and the City of Bryan stepped in to keep it open.
In February 2013, the city of Bryan announced it was negotiating a sale of the hotel for $2.9 million to an undisclosed buyer, but that the hotel would continue operating if the sale goes through.
The LaSalle currently has fifty-five rooms and suites.
- Though the LaSalle's name is often see written as La Salle, including in the National Registry documents, the official name used by the hotel is written as one word.
- "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2006-03-15.
- Carmack, Liz. Historic Hotels of Texas, Texas A&M University Press: College Station, Texas, 2007. pp 150-152.