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Old 03-01-2014, 06:51 PM
 
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The plywood had only been on the windows for a week or two, and the 27th was a cold evening. Possibly transients built a fire to stay warm, it spread, and then the plywood acted as kindling - there was a ton of it.
Reportedly the fire started on the top floor. It's my understanding that the old penthouse rooms up there would have been the most habitable for transients.

It was already a sad, sad sight before the fire, with little hope of renovation.
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Old 03-06-2014, 02:31 PM
 
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Does anyone have any recent photos? Are they tearing it down now?
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Old 03-06-2014, 04:05 PM
 
Location: The Natural State
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Does anyone have any recent photos? Are they tearing it down now?
They took down the walls of that section the next day after the fire department said the fire was out. I haven't looked, but I'm sure if you search for it you can find photos on the Web. ---- I just "Googled" Majestic Hotel Hot Spring AR and found several Links there.

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Old 03-06-2014, 04:08 PM
 
Location: Hot Springs Village, AR
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The northern part of the building is now a pile of bricks and rubble. From what I saw on TV they have demolished the back side of the building too.

A second historic hotel has burned, the Baxter Hotel.
Old Baxter Hotel in Hot Springs catches fire
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Old 03-07-2014, 11:09 AM
 
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The northern part of the building is now a pile of bricks and rubble. From what I saw on TV they have demolished the back side of the building too.
Dang...I was hoping some salvage company would come in and save some of the old stuff....all that beautiful woodwork, fretwork, etc.

Someone should save the bricks also....lots of people love to build garden paths, walls, and even houses, with old bricks.
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Old 10-22-2017, 07:32 PM
 
Location: The Natural State
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We now know the city bought the building, took it down, cleaned up the mess, and now there is a vacant lot on that corner that the city can't figure out what to do with.


The current ARKANSAS BUSINESS newspaper gave a good report on the "death" of the Majestic. For years Hot Springs didn't enforce their building codes and let the property owners do as they pleased and many of the old historic buildings became unsafe. A new city management team was hired and they saw what a mess they had and it was a disaster waiting to happen, so they started enforcing the codes. The Majestic and the Arlington were both owned by the same family and the family said that before they spent the mega-bucks to get the buildings up to code they would take them both down. That was the beginning of the end for the Majestic. When the roof started leaking, instead of fixing it, the owner had a tarp spread over it. You know the rest of the story.


The Arlington was sold and now H. S. is concerned that the new owner may not be willing to spend the needed mega-bucks to bring it up to code and it may go the way of the Majestic.
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Old 10-22-2017, 10:09 PM
 
Location: Hot Springs Village, AR
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I think the city govt is hoping that a law will be passed legalizing gambling. I’ve heard that the big casinos already have the town mapped out.
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Old 10-23-2017, 09:11 AM
 
Location: Lakeville, MN
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We now know the city bought the building, took it down, cleaned up the mess, and now there is a vacant lot on that corner that the city can't figure out what to do with.


The current ARKANSAS BUSINESS newspaper gave a good report on the "death" of the Majestic. For years Hot Springs didn't enforce their building codes and let the property owners do as they pleased and many of the old historic buildings became unsafe. A new city management team was hired and they saw what a mess they had and it was a disaster waiting to happen, so they started enforcing the codes. The Majestic and the Arlington were both owned by the same family and the family said that before they spent the mega-bucks to get the buildings up to code they would take them both down. That was the beginning of the end for the Majestic. When the roof started leaking, instead of fixing it, the owner had a tarp spread over it. You know the rest of the story.


The Arlington was sold and now H. S. is concerned that the new owner may not be willing to spend the needed mega-bucks to bring it up to code and it may go the way of the Majestic.
Well, I'm glad we were at least able to stay at the Arlington in case (heaven forbid) it does go the way of the Majestic. That is a memory we will always treasure. Sitting on the veranda on a steamy summers night with an ice cold brew and people watching along Central Ave. We used to drive by the Majestic and hope it could somehow, some way be restored, but that was after the last fire and we knew it was wishful thinking.

They have to find a way to save the reminder of these fantastic structures. Thanks for the update, Fossil.
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Old 10-23-2017, 09:47 AM
 
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We stayed in the Majestic about 20 years ago. It was beautiful. The pool area was really interesting, even though, I think, the pool was already closed down. I stayed awake all night listening to water running down the pipes in the wall behind my bed. Every time someone flushed....argh. But it was an experience, and we enjoyed it. I really, really hope they salvaged all that beautiful woodwork and tile from the Majestic!

We've stayed in the Arlington also. I really, really hope they don't let the same thing happen to it! What would downtown be without the Arlington?!?!
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Old 10-23-2017, 11:16 AM
 
Location: The Natural State
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Luv - "woodwork and tile" - I haven't heard but I doubt it. I understand they knocked it all down and hauled everything off. happens.
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