The Robert Fulton Hotel, was designed by Atlanta
architect Emil Charles Seiz, who was also responsible for the
Rufus M. Rose house at 537 Peachtree Street. The Robert Fulton Hotel,
with fifteen stories and 300 rooms, opened in 1924. The Robert Fulton
Hotel stood at the corner of Luckie and Cone streets in the heart of downtown
According to Wayne W. Daniel, author of the 1990 volume Pickin' On
Peachtree: A History Of Country Music In Atlanta, Georgia, the legendary
Rodgers (America's Blue Yodeler) stayed in this hotel in 1928 and 1929,
when he was in town to make some recordings for the Victor label.
During his November 1929 stay, the Carter Family (Sarah, A. P. and Maybelle)
was also in town to make some recordings for the Victor label and they too
Among the songs Rodgers
recorded here in Atlanta is Waiting For A Train, perhaps his best known
tune. A few decades later, Rodgers would be an influence on
artists like Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis and especially Merle Haggard.
McTell, the famed blues artist from Thomson, Georgia (and the man for
whom the blues club Blind Willie's is named) recorded several songs in the
Robert Fulton Hotel when he visited the room of Library Of Congress
archivist Alan Lomax and his wife Ruby. More details on that story can
be found in a 2009 Creative Loafing
Robert Fulton Hotel.
Undated photo from the
GSU Archives (GSU FILE: LBGPF6-009d)
The former Robert Fulton
Hotel was known as the Georgia Hotel in 1951 when this picture was taken.
GSU Archives FILE: N03-28_a
Front desk at the Robert
Fulton Hotel, October 30, 1958.
GSU Archives FILE #LBGPF6-007a
Here is a postcard showing
the former Robert Fulton Hotel in the early 1960s, after it had changed its name
to the Georgia Hotel. The building was demolished in 1971 and a parking
deck now occupies this spot.
In the foreground (right) is
the parking deck that now occupies the spot where the Robert Fulton Hotel stood.