USS Flagship Hotel

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Flagship Hotel
General information
Location Galveston, Texas, USA
Coordinates 29°17′13″N 94°47′24″W / 29.28694°N 94.79000°W / 29.28694; -94.79000
Opening 1965
Closed 2008
Design and construction
Developer James E. Lyon

The USS Flagship Hotel was a hotel, located in Galveston in the U.S. state of Texas. The 7 story 225 room hotel was built on the historic Pleasure Pier structure entirely over the Gulf of Mexico, albeit very close to shore. It was a popular destination in Galveston that withstood many storms.

History[edit]

The hotel was built in 1965 by Houston banker James E. Lyon who leased the pier for the construction. The lease rate was US$185,000 annually (US$1.41 million in today's terms) for forty years.[1][2]

The structure was severely damaged in 2008 by Hurricane Ike causing its closure.

In 2009, the owner Landry’s, Inc., which acquired the hotel from the Galveston Council in 2003 for $500,000,[3] advised the Galveston city planning commission it would demolish the hotel and build an international amusement park on the pier. Demolition of the hotel took place in February 2011.[4] Work then began on the new Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier which opened in May 2012.[5]

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Notes[edit]

  1. ^ McComb (1986), p. 190.
  2. ^ Miller (1993)
  3. ^ "Landry's Kicking Galveston's Flagship Hotel Off the Pier, for Amusement". ’’swamplot’’. Retrieved 2013-04-08. 
  4. ^ "Galveston's Flagship Hotel demolition underway". KTRK-TV. Retrieved 2013-04-08. 
  5. ^ "Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier Opens". Galveston Island Historic Pleasure Pier website. Retrieved 2013-04-08. 

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