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Timeline of Francis Marion Hotel

Hotel Construction

Hotel Construction

1920 The Francis Marion design was trusted to a New York Architect, W. Lee Stoddard, a specialist in the innovative design of high-rise buildings. At…

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Grand Opening

Grand Opening

1924 Envisioned as the city’s future business hub and venue for prominent social events, the Francis Marion opened with great fanfare and excitement. It was…

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Air-Conditioning Introduced

Air-Conditioning Introduced

In 1952, the Francis Marion Hotel became the only fully air-conditioned hotel in all of Charleston. This was very much so a luxury at that…

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The 1950’s

The 1950’s

1954 Encourage by the lucrative business climate following the growth of the Port of Charleston and he US Navy Base & Shipyard, the Jack Tar…

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1956

1956

1956 The Francis Marion celebrates the near completion of modernizing and redecorating all guest rooms and common areas under the new leadership. One major change…

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March 18, 1956

March 18, 1956

Elvis Presley stayed at the Francis Marion the evening of March 18, 1956 after giving concerts at College Park.  

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1960’s

1960’s

1960’s 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,…

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Snow Day

Snow Day

Snow fell on downtown in Charleston on February 18, 1979 reaching a total of 1.6 inches. It wasn’t the first & wouldn’t be the last…

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1980’s

1980’s

1982 Still working at the age of 81, Mr. Mose Smalls is proud og his Superintendent of Service title. His nomination for the bellmen of…

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1980’s

1980’s

Francis Marion Hotel celebrated a grand re-opening as a Ramada Hotel on January 13, 1983. A multi-million dollar renovations project which has changed he face…

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1996 Re-Opening

1996 Re-Opening

1996 Reopened doors with 226 rooms after a $15 million dollar renovation following some neglect and named by the National Trust for Historic Preservation as…

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2000’s

2000’s

After celebrating its diamond anniversary, the Francis Marion continued to benefit from Charleston’s robust tourist industry. Ownership received the Three Sisters Award recognizing efforts to…

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Lifetime Achievement Announcement

Lifetime Achievement Announcement

2019 Historic Hotels Awards of Excellence Winners Announced    2019 Historic Hotels Awards of Excellence Winners Announced Historic Hotels and Recipients Honored at the Awards…

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