Streamline Hotel

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Streamline Hotel
General information
Location Daytona Beach, Florida, United States
Address 140 S. Atlantic Ave
Opening 1941
Owner Eddie Hennessy
Technical details
Floor count 4
Official website

The Streamline Hotel, located in Daytona Beach, Florida, is the recognized birthplace of the National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR).[2]


NASCAR founder Bill France, Sr. and numerous drivers, officials, and promoters gathered in the Ebony Club (soon to be the Ebony Sky Lounge) on the roof of the hotel on December 14, 1947. After 69 days of conversations and ideas, the meeting adjourned on February 21, 1948 with the formation of NASCAR.[3] The meeting concerned various issues such as drivers failing to get paid due to promoters leaving races with the gate receipts before they ended, along with the lack of consistent rules.[4] After three days, the meeting created the National Stock Car Racing Association (NSCRA), but was renamed to NASCAR after it turned out that there was another sanctioning body by that name. NASCAR's first offices were located three blocks away from the hotel,[5] while the Daytona International Speedway is located six miles west of the hotel.[6]


The mint green-painted Art Deco-themed[7] hotel opened in 1940, and is a four-story building located on the west side of Road A1A, which was once used as the Daytona Beach and Road Course.[8] A plaque located outside the building proclaims that the hotel is the first building in Daytona Beach to be fireproof, and was also considered as the city's first bomb shelter.[9] The Streamline Hotel also is the oldest standing hotel in Daytona Beach.[10]

Decay and restoration efforts[edit]

The hotel has later grown more decrepit through the years, such as rusty walls and sun damage.[11] A police chief once called the building a "den of iniquity." However, the plaque stated that the building was restored by owner Eric G. Doyle. In 2006, Frank Heckman, chairman of the Main Street-South Atlantic Avenue Redevelopment Board stated that Daytona Beach expressed interest in purchasing the hotel, potentially converting the building to a NASCAR museum and tourist attraction. $400,000 had reportedly appeared on the board's budget under the "historic preservation" category, which is apparently intended to help restore the hotel. However, Daytona Beach's finance director denied any knowledge of the funds.[12] The building has also been used as a youth hostel and a retirement home owned by an evangelist who claimed to have ministered Elvis Presley.[13] In 2011, Zetta Baker, one of the founders of the Victory Lane Racing Association (VLRA), an organization that helps racing families in need, announced at the group's annual meeting that they would purchase the building;[14] however, the deal fell through. In 2014, however, it was announced that the hotel had been sold to local businessman Eddie Henessy, who planned to renovate it into a "South Beach style boutique inn".[15] As part of this effort, the hotel was featured on an October 2014 episode of Hotel Impossible.


  1. ^ "Streamline Hotel in Daytona Beach". Yahoo! Local. Retrieved 2013-01-12. 
  2. ^ "History of NASCAR". NASCAR. 2010-03-08. Archived from the original on 2012-10-18. Retrieved 2012-03-27.  Current version
  3. ^ MacWatters, Sandra (December 15, 2012). "NASCAR Birthplace at the Streamline Hotel in Daytona 65 Years Ago". Bleacher Report. Turner Sports. Retrieved 2014-04-18. 
  4. ^ "NASCAR". Retrieved 2013-01-12. 
  5. ^ Busbee, Jay. "Strolling through NASCAR's storied Daytona Beach history". Yahoo! Sports. Retrieved 2013-01-13. 
  6. ^ Wetzel, Dan (2012-02-25). "Birthplace of NASCAR is a historic, highfalutin, hidden gem in Daytona Beach". Yahoo! Sports. Retrieved 2012-02-26. 
  7. ^ Moore, Chris. "What Hotels Are Near Daytona Beach Pier?". USA Today. Retrieved 2013-01-12. 
  8. ^ "Before The Speedway, NASCAR Raced On Daytona’s Beach". Raceweek Illustrated. 2012-02-16. Retrieved 2013-01-20. 
  9. ^ "2011 NASCAR News & Rules". Jayski's Silly Season Site. Retrieved 2013-01-12. 
  10. ^ Zeigler, Cyd (2012-02-28). "Streamline Hotel, the birthplace of NASCAR, is now a gay bar". Outsports. Retrieved 2013-01-13. 
  11. ^ MacGregor, Jeff (2012-02-27). "This Sporting Life: Daytona". ESPN. Retrieved 2013-01-12. 
  12. ^ Lafferty, Mike (2006-09-17). "Birthplace of NASCAR ages ungracefully". Orlando Sentinel. Retrieved 2013-01-12. 
  13. ^ "The Race Is Over, and NASCAR Wins". Motor Trend. Retrieved 2013-01-12. 
  14. ^ Lehman, Hilary (April 19, 2011). "Group wants to buy Streamline Hotel for racing history". The Daytona Beach News-Journal. Retrieved 2014-04-18. 
  15. ^ Cassady, Jeffrey (April 16, 2014). "NASCAR birthplace Streamline hotel sold, to be reborn as boutique inn". The Daytona Beach News-Journal. Daytona Beach, FL. Retrieved 2014-04-18. 

Coordinates: 29°13′25″N 81°00′24″W / 29.2235°N 81.0066°W / 29.2235; -81.0066