The Luther Hotel in Palacios (Matagorda County), constructed in 1903, is one of the few surviving Gulf Coast hotels built as part of extensive land development and tourism schemes throughout Texas in the early 20th century. This incredibly rare historic structure is both individually listed on the National Register and is a Recorded Texas Historic Landmark.
The Luther is currently under contract to be sold, and the agreement states that the property must be demolished. If an alternative solution is not reached before the expiration of a demolition delay on December 19th, the contract can be closed and the historic hotel will be demolished. The prospective owners plan to rebuild a new hotel on the property.
Several things can be done to keep the Luther standing, including the enactment of a local ordinance protecting the building. In addition, state and federal preservation tax credits would be available to a private owner for rehabilitation of the historic building. The future of Palacios as a heritage tourism destination is dependent on maintaining this historic community anchor.
The Palacios City Council will meet on Thursday, November 3rd, to discuss its options. Let your voice be heard!
Please take a moment to let the Palacios City Council know that the Luther Hotel matters to all of us, and is worth preserving. E-mail your comments to email@example.com as well as firstname.lastname@example.org, and consider sharing your perspective on social media using the hashtag #SaveTheLuther