The Crescent Hotel & Spa
May 20, 1886 —
America’s newest and most luxurious hotel built at a cost of $294,000
It was two years ago that Powell Clayton and his associates chose the site of the New Crescent Hotel. Twenty seven acres at the north end of West Mountain, a majestic location overlooking the valley. The commissioning of Isaac S. Taylor as architect was announced and construction commenced. Special wagons were constructed to transport the huge pieces of limestone from the quarry site on White River near Beaver. Mr. O’Shawnessey, the spokesman of the imported group of Irish masons predicts, “The eighteen inch thick walls of the Crescent, fitted without the use of mortar, would withstand the destructive forces of time and retain its original beauty for many years to come.” The property is lighted with Edison lamps, furnished with electric bells, heated with steam and open grates, has a hydraulic elevator, and is truly a showplace of today’s conveniences. — Eureka Springs Echo
The article above announced the opening of the wonderful resort. The Crescent Hotel today, recognized as one of the few Historic Hotels of America, has undergone several personalities including the operation of a seasonal Girls School. The Crescent College and conservatory and that of a cancer Hospital from 1937 to 1939. In 1997, Martin and Elise Roenick saved the hotel from a sad decline and initiated and aggressive restoration project to recapture the elegance, protecting the irreplaceable. Marty Roenick, so perfectly described at the time of purchase his goal “Elise and I have a vision to take the Crescent Hotel in five years to where it was nearly a century ago.” In 2002, this feat has been accomplished as the Crescent Hotel has reopened to its full capacity for the first time in over 75 years.