During the Civil War our corner of East 10th Street was home not to a hotel, but to Fort James, a large stone fort that protected Chattanoogans in those years of strife.
Decades later, during the city’s Dynamo of Dixie boom, German immigrant L.A. Hirtzfield was commissioned to design a 16-bed hotel. The Colonial Hotel opened in 1909, and later became the Stone Fort Inn, harkening back to its historical past.
While the name has changed over the course of a century, the brick-and-limestone structure stood through the Roaring 20s and the Great Depression, Civil Rights movements and Cultural Revolutions, hippies and disco. And, of course, Chattanooga’s struggles and successes and very own renaissance.
As the hotel has changed hands, its face has changed too, along with the furniture, décor, curtains and rugs. What has remained are the spirit and character, the charming quirks and creaky floors. Our mid-century modern reinterpretation of the space has ushered in color and life, with a touch of old Hollywood glam, to playfully mingle and contrast with its historic allure. While we’ve reimagined the old hotel, its foundation is still here, beautifully intact, and we plan to keep it that way.