Saturday, April 19, 2008
The Hotel Grim
The Hotel Grim was built in 1924-25 at a cost of $600,000. It had eight stories and 250 rooms and was quite elegant for its time and place in Texarkana. The architects were George Mann and Eugene Stern. It was named after William Rhodes Grim, a prominent business man. In 1934 radio station KCMC established a studio in the hotel. Bonnie and Clyde were rumored to have made an appearance in the restaurant. The roof was once adorned by gardens and could be quickly converted to a ballroom. It has been vacant since the 1990s. Considering its age and neglect, the Grim is in astonishingly good condition, and I hope someone will save it from total ruin.