Listed in the National Register of Historic Places as part of the Alamo Plaza, The Emily Morgan Hotel - a DoubleTree by Hilton is housed in what was formerly the Medical Arts Building.
Famous architect Ralph Cameron designed the thirteen-story tower of reinforced concrete with glazed terra cotta at the three lower and three upper stories in 1924 as the Medical Arts Building. A light colored brick faces the intervening stories. The building's distinctive form and ornamentation are influenced by the Gothic revival that was the fashion for skyscrapers nationwide in the 1920s. The panels between the first and second stories, as well as the marquee over the main entrance, are of cast iron painted to simulate bronze. The roof is copper with wood ribs. Terra cotta gargoyles depicting figures with various ailments, including toothaches and other medical troubles, are perhaps the most interesting architectural feature of this unique building.
In 1976, the Medical Arts Building was converted into a modern office building. In 1984, the building was adapted for use as a hotel and The Emily Morgan Hotel was founded.
In 2010, The Emily Morgan Hotel received AIA San Antonio's Twenty-Five Year Distinguished Building Award in Recognition of Outstanding Design and Achievement for the Medical Arts Building. On November 8, 2012, AIA San Antonio celebrated the landmark building's dedication to preserving San Antonio history with a plaque ceremony at the hotel, where guests toured the iconic hotel and signed original bricks that would later be hidden beneath new construction. In December 2012, The Emily Morgan Hotel joined the DoubleTree by Hilton family of hotels.
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