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Warrior Hotel
Warrior Hotel (Sioux City) from SE 1.JPG
View from the southeast, across 6th and Nebraska Streets
Warrior Hotel is located in Iowa
Warrior Hotel
Warrior Hotel is located in the US
Warrior Hotel
Location6th and Nebraska Sts.
Sioux City, Iowa
Coordinates 42°29′47.6″N 96°24′14.1″W / 42.496556°N 96.403917°W / 42.496556; -96.403917
WARRIOR HOTEL Latitude and Longitude:

42°29′47.6″N 96°24′14.1″W / 42.496556°N 96.403917°W / 42.496556; -96.403917
Built1930
ArchitectAlonzo H. Gentry
Architectural style Art Deco
NRHP reference # 85001384 [1]
Added to NRHPJune 27, 1985

The Warrior Hotel is a historic structure located in downtown Sioux City, Iowa, United States.

Description

The building is eleven stories tall, and rises 128 feet (39 m) above the ground. [2] The building was designed by Kansas City architect Alonzo H. Gentry in the Art Deco style. The brick exterior features terra cotta ornamentation. The hotel opened on December 20, 1930, built by the Eppley Hotel Company. [3] Eppley was bought by Sheraton Hotels in 1956, and the hotel was renamed the Sheraton-Warrior. [3] Sheraton remodeled the hotel in 1962, moving the lobby from the second floor to the ground floor and converting the hotel to a motel, renaming it the Sheraton-Warrior Motor Inn. [3] Sheraton sold the hotel to Gotham Hotels Limited in 1968 and it was renamed the Warrior Motor Inn. [3] The hotel closed in 1971 following a strike by employees, but was sold and reopened the following year as the Aventino Motor Inn. [4] It closed permanently in 1976. [5] It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1985. [1]

The structure was tagged for building violations in the late 1990s, but was given a reprieve by the city due to its historical significance and the estimated $5 million it would cost to demolish. [5] In 2006, the interior was gutted in preparation for converting the building into low-income senior housing, but the project stalled for lack of financing. [5]

In November 2012, a group led by the Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska applied for a gaming license for a proposed $122-million casino and entertainment complex that would integrate the Warrior and the neighboring Davidson Building. [6] State gaming regulators rejected the bid, awarding the license instead to a Hard Rock Casino to be built at the city's historic Battery Building. [7]

In July 2017, Restoration St. Louis & Warrior ownership announced a plan to renovate the Warrior Hotel and adjacent Davidson Building into a 147-room Marriott Autograph Hotel at an estimated $56M to be completed by December 2019. [8]

References

  1. ^ a b National Park Service (2009-03-13). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.
  2. ^ "Warrior Hotel". emporis.com. Retrieved 2012-01-30.
  3. ^ a b c d http://siouxcityjournal.com/blogs/siouxland_history/business/siouxland-history-lock-warrior-s-doors/article_e21992f5-3f29-5623-a519-caa338c75246.html
  4. ^ http://siouxcityjournal.com/blogs/siouxland_history/business/siouxland-history-aventino-will-be-downtown-hotel-and-convention-center/article_b9ec97e7-df47-5b71-bbcb-4c8f5b9d086b.html
  5. ^ a b c Dave Dreeszen (April 27, 2013). "Owner of historic Sioux City hotel rethinks options after casino bid sinks". Sioux City Journal. Retrieved 2013-04-27.
  6. ^ Dreeszen, Dave (December 10, 2012). "Casino developers present Warrior plans". Sioux City Journal. Retrieved 2012-12-11.
  7. ^ "Hard Rock Casino coming to Iowa". Des Moines Register. AP. April 18, 2013. Retrieved 2013-04-18.
  8. ^ ddreezsen@siouxcityjournal.com, DAVE DREEZSEN. "$56M project to breathe new life into historic Warrior hotel, Davidson Building". Sioux City Journal. Retrieved 2018-10-10.