Now long established as Charleston’s Grand Hotel, the Francis Marion is where your relatives stayed when visited town, where countless Charlestonians attended weddings, dances, proms, meetings and piano recitals (just ask past Charleston mayor Joseph P. Riley, Jr. about his youthful stage fright in the Gold Ballroom). But more importantly, where the hotel established itself in the very fiber of this southern city.
Famous personalities were drawn to the spectacular harbor and city views a top the Francis Marion. Richard Nixon, Jack Dempsey, Babe Ruth, the Dorsey Brothers, Guy Lombardo, Doris Day and Bob Hope are remembered from past times. General Mark Clark, as President of The Citadel, lived in a penthouse on our 12th floor Some remember this space fondly as the city’s first radio station adjacent to the famous Sky Terrace Ballroom.