The Riceland Hotel

WildestArt

Stuttgart, United States

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This is the Riceland Hotel in Stuttgart, Ark USA. It was built in 1919-1923, by Mann & Stern, who also designed our state capitol. Its in the Neo Classcal style. In its day, it played host to movie stars, political big wigs and sports stars. I remember it from the 1950s/60s, we ate in the beautiful dining room. It closed in 1970, and sits empty now, awaiting a miracle that will never come. Namely several million dollars for a restoration that many say is impossible. The floors and roof have fallen in. Its a dangerous empty shell. The owners of the store to the left say they hear “Crashings” and “Shudderings” all the time, more gravity taking its toll. I was part of a grass roots movement in the 90s to try and save it, and was lucky enough to tour it. (Before it was Condemned.) It had a ballroom, dining areas and on the rooftop was a dance floor where big band jazz was played. Where my dad proposed to my mom. I was able to stand on the very spot. (She would tell me every time we drove by.) I was amazed at the beautiful details, cornice moldings and transoms. All rubble now. Home to rats and pigeons. The owners face a daunting task of demolition,plus several lawsuits. There have been demo teams brought in from all over the world, and none will touch it. Its so close to businesses and apartments, it would scatter and explode. So, year after scary year, it sits waiting to die. Either by man or by the inevitable forces of nature. I just hope no one is near it when it DOES finally fall! Especially not during our yearly Thanksgiving Festival, when thousands of people are walking by its front windows. Me included……Taken with a LumixDMC-SZ02.

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