Title: The Read House Chattanooga, Tennessee, mailing label

Catalog Number: 2017.012.0001

Date (Years): 1931-1940, 1941-1950


The Read House mailing label. Background is bright yellow with black decorative frame around address fields. It states “From The Read House Chattanooga, Tenn.” There is a graphic on the left side of the addressee field that has a hanging sign that says “American Hotels Corporation N.Y.” below it states “A Mark of Distinction and Good Service.”

The first hotel on the site was the Old Crutchfield House, named for the Crutchfield family who built it. It was located directly across from the railway.[4] During this time in Chattanooga, the railways were the main source of business and imports. This constant flow of business is what allowed the Old Crutchfield House to prosper. The house doubled as an inn as well and a hospital for Union soldiers traveling through the city during the Civil War. The inn caught fire and burned to the ground in the year 1867.[5] After the fire, the Crutchfield family chose not to rebuild. This left room for John T. Read[6] to step in and build a new hotel in place of the old inn. The new Read House Hotel opened on New Year’s Day 1872.[7] In 1926, the hotel was torn down and a new hotel constructed based on the design from the two architects Holabird and Roche to have a Georgian style with 10 stories. One more renovation occurred in 2004.

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