Phoenix Hotel, Waycross, Georgia

Phoenix Hotel

Waycross, Georgia

1912 - Waycross, GA. Plans of a local architect for the big addition to the Phoenix hotel have been accepted by the First National bank and the work will commence within thirty days. The addition will include about 100 rooms, most of which will have private baths. The renovation will place telephones in all rooms, steam heat throughout the building and electric elevators. The Phoenix block is one of the best located in Waycross, and the hotel by the same name is one of the oldest in this section, having been established a number of years ago. The improvement will cost approximately $40,000 and will give Waycross another first-class hotel before the year ends. [Atlanta Constitution, Atlanta, Ga., June 25, 1912]

1913 - William Foor Leases New Waycross Hotel. Wacross, GA - William Foor, manager of a string of hotels in Georgia and Florida today leased the new Phoenix hotel for ten years. The hotel was formally opened today although it is only half completed. [Atlanta Constitution, Atlanta, GA., May 21, 1913]

1986 - Phoenix Hotel added to the National Register of Historic Places, Building #86000802. Architectural style: Mission/Spanish Revival. Period of significance: 1875-1899, 1900-1924. Owner: Private.

2005 - The Rambler, V 32 # 3, July/August 2005

ca 2006 - "We are on course to having a 24/7 population in our downtown," says Waycross Mayor John Fluker. "We had our annual Swamp Fest this past October and the attendance was triple that of the year before. I think we are seeing living proof that downtown improvements lead directly to economic development." Enhancements include a $7 million public/private partnership that created downtown's centerpiece, the once-decaying Phoenix Hotel, reborn as simply the Phoenix, an office building housing the Jones Company, its principal private investor. Since 2000, more than $14 million has gone into downtown improvements that include the restoration of historic buildings and infrastructure upgrades. [The Georgia Trend, article titled "The Bus Stops Here" by Ed Lightsey]