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Fairmount Hotel History

Uncover Our San Antonio Hotel History

Dating back to 1906, The Fairmount is renowned among the grandest historic buildings in San Antonio, celebrating an era of great prosperity in the city’s history.

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Historic Move Saves The Fairmount...

In 1984, the fate of The Fairmount was in debate, one option being the demolition of this nearly century old building to make room for new retail and lodging space; however, the city of San Antonio has long had strong ties to the past and therefore opted to move the entire structure to a new home next to La Villita National Historic District.

Six days later on April 4, 1985 at an approximate cost of $1 million to complete this monumental task, the 3.2 million pounds of brick and mortar was lifted onto rollers, trussed with bands of steel and moved five blocks to its present location where it settled onto its new home ground. The move was national and international news featured in more than 30 foreign countries.

Guinness World Record 1986 Move...

The Guinness Book of World Records noted it as the largest structure ever moved on wheels. The hotel reopened on September 5, 1986 with an addition to the original structure creating the 37 accommodations it has today. It's recent past includes ownership by B.K. Johnson of King Ranch and management by Patriot American Hospitality and Wyndham Grand Heritage Hotels.

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Public Space Renovations…

The Fairmount offers magnificent reception and meeting space a boardroom, a pre function area and an intimate ballroom. The jewel-like courtyard will have an optional tent converting it into a fairytale wedding location.


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