Holiday Inn

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This article is about the motel chain. For the nightclub, see Holiday Inn Club.

Holiday Inn is a national motel chain with several locations in the Birmingham District. The first local Holiday Inn motel was erected in 1954 at 4301 Bessemer Super Highway across from the Bessemer Coal, Iron and Land Company offices. The $500,000 project was undertaken by Richard Hall Brown's B-D Development Co.. With 80 air-conditioned rooms, a swimming pool, restaurant and service station, it claimed to be the "largest motel in the Birmingham district." Space was reserved on the 850-foot by 300-foot site for an additional 20 rooms.

Four more Holiday Inn were developed in 1962 by franchisee Don Marshall of Shades Crest Motels. Those locations used architectural designs created by Memphis-based architect William Bond and were built by the chain's own construction division. Allen Bartlett served as local architect of record. In 1968 Marshall's four Holiday Inns were acquired by Holiday Inns of America Inc. in a $7 million stock swap.



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