History of The Cavalier Hotel

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Non-Fiction  |  House: Booksie Classic

Featured Review on this writing by Allen Darkmyst

An informative article, I wrote, about a historic hotel in Virginia Beach, Virginia - famous, and visited by many well-known names.

History of  The Cavalier Hotel

 

[Date: 8-1-2021]

 

The Cavalier Hotel, entered by Pharell Williams, Pusha T, Trey Songz, Kanye West, Kim Kardashian, P. Diddy, and Gwen Stefani within recent years, first opened in Nineteen-Twenty-Seven. As well, it was guested by Muhammad Ali, former presidents—John F. Kennedy, Gerold Ford, Lyndon B. Johnson, Richard Nixon, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Harry S. Truman, Dwight D. Eisenhower—and more. Still existing and active today, the hotel is aged at ninety-four years. The historical hotel sits in Virginia Beach, Virginia of the United States, along Atlantic Avenue. The construction of the hotel began in Nineteen-Twenty-Six, designed by Neff and Thompson, two highly talented architects of Norfolk, Virginia during the Nineteen Hundred era.

To go with it, eventually, was “The Cavalier Beach Club”. On Memorial Day weekend of Nineteen-Twenty-Nine, the additional feature had opened to the property of The Cavalier Hotel. It grew popularity by attraction, which—far, back then—had big band leaders performing, Glenn Miller, Laurence Welk, Benny Goodman, Cab Calloway and more to include.

A company called “Baker & Brinkley” built The Cavalier Hotel into existence. Seen from above, the building is shaped as a “Y”, standing seven stories high with, brown, brick walls. Stacked were half-a-million bricks, the highest amount laid to a single building in the state of Virginia. There were approximately two hundred and twenty-five workers laying bricks during the hotel’s construction. Held at The Cavalier, there were one hundred and ninety-five guest rooms. The original acres of land the hotel had was three hundred and fifty, including a golf course of two hundred and ninety of it. 

Born, Eighteen-Seventy-Three, in Ohio State, Clarence Amos Neff’s career kicked off in Norfolk, Eighteen-Ninety-Eight, earning his architecture degree at Columbus University. Teamed with Thomas P. Thompson, they designed a great amount of projects, nearing six hundred, as Norfolk’s “Maury High School” would be designed by the both of them. Eventually, the tag-team split, as Thompson became Norfolk’s city manager in Nineteen-Thirty-Three—serving until Nineteen-Thirty-Eight.

By October of Nineteen-Forty-Two, the hotel property had been taken over. The site, at that point, was used for radar training as the United States Navy became a residence. With the area being so clustered by the Navy, stables were used by sailors as living quarters. Due to the situation, caused a down-fall for The Cavalier Hotel.

The building is known for getting Virginia Beach in the spotlight. Well-known is the Sunken Garden at the South-side of the hotel, the Pocahontas Dining Room, and the Crystal Ballroom—where parties included Muhammad Ali, Elizabeth Taylor, Frank Sinatra, and on. Many more names have stepped foot into building, such as Judy Garland, Doris Day, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Bob Hope, and Fatty Arbuckle.

Building more to the Cavalier property, a second building was created, named “The Cavalier Oceanfront Hotel”, which opened in ‘Seventy-Three. It was considered as the sister hotel to the “Cavalier on the Hill”. It stood eleven stories high on 42nd Street, along Atlantic Avenue, beside “The Cavalier Beach Club”. In the year of Twenty-Fifteen, the building was demolished to the ground—replaced by, newly constructed, “The Oceanfront Marriott Hotel”.

The original hotel went through quite a few closures over time. By ‘Seventy-Six, there was a reopening. It wouldn’t be the last reopening after a closure. The Cavalier has been open since Twenty-Eighteen, following the latest closure. Many issues occurred, even a family dispute between owners of the hotel and the beach club. The properties were to be for sale by court order in Twenty-Twelve, where the conflict led to. Regardless, subsequent inspections left concerns towards property structure conditions.

To a really dark-sided topic about The Cavalier Hotel, of which has been mentioned often, is of it having extremely haunted stories. Heard by many guests, there would be meowing and scratching at guestroom doors, being from a lost cat of the past. Th piano in the Crystal Ballroom would play as no one would be seated in front of it. By some, ghosts have been spotted in the grand lobby.

A bellman of the past has been figured around the stairway between the fifth and sixth floor, seen be guests, warning them of ghosts ahead. As they turn his direction to question him, he’d disappear. Despite the horrific encounter, the bellman was believed as a friendly man of the hotel’s historical days.

A man is believed to be seen walking the corridors during nights, named Adolph Coors. He’s highly known as the founder of “Coors Brewing Company”, originally “Adolf Coors Golden Brewery”. He dead after falling out of his guestroom window on the sixth floor of The Cavalier, June Fifth of Nineteen-Twenty-Nine. His death was label as suicide, as he felt deeply ashamed for being a stowaway, never wanting it to be discussed. He was German-American, with his sir name originally Kuhrs, changing it later in life. Golden, Colorado is where he began his brewing company, Eighteen-Seventy-Three, now popular across the globe.

 

By Troy “The Ghost-Bull” Powell


Submitted: August 01, 2021

© Copyright 2021 The Ghost-Bull. All rights reserved.

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Rob73

A well written article about hotels. And the famous people who visited there.

Tue, August 24th, 2021 5:27am

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I appreciate the delightful compliment, Ace!

Wed, September 8th, 2021 8:09am

Allen Darkmyst

This popped up by coincidence on my feed, but I actually work here! Nice work on this writing!

Sat, August 28th, 2021 11:53am

Allen Darkmyst

This popped up by coincidence on my feed, but I actually work here! Nice work on this writing!

Sat, August 28th, 2021 11:53am

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Was trying to figure out how to reply to your comment directly. Lol. Just figured it out. I appreciate your comment bigtime! You actually working there and seeing the article on your news feed is pretty damn cool! Never expected I'd be writing about something someone on Booksie works at. Small world, eh? Actually, I stay in Chesapeake, so I'm not too far from it. I am thinking of spending a night there during the winter, when it's the cheapest.

Wed, September 8th, 2021 8:05am

Gdokim

I'm totally getting Overlook 'American Horror Story' Hotel vibes here

Fri, September 10th, 2021 11:25am

Suzanne Mays

I've seen the Cavalier Hotel but never been inside. Didn't know all the history, but liked all, especially about the ghosts.

Wed, September 15th, 2021 1:24pm

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Thanks, truly! I worked hard writing it. This shall not be the last; many more to come, Suzanne. You live in the 757, also?

Thu, September 23rd, 2021 8:30am

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