Downtown Spotlight: La Salle Hotel

Brazos Business


Occupying a prominent corner in the southern end of Bryan’s central business district, the La Salle Hotel is an architectural landmark representative of the city’s early 20th century commercial development. At that time, Bryan was a major railroad stop between Houston and Dallas, and its depot on the Houston and Texas Central rail line once stood across Main Street from the La Salle.

Completed in 1928 for leading businessman Robert Wistar Howell, the La Salle Hotel was the tallest building in Downtown Bryan at the time of its construction. The La Salle served as a hotel from 1928-1959, a nursing home from 1959-1975 then was closed during the last two decades of the 20th century. The historic building was re-established as a hotel in 2000 following a rehabilitation project.

The La Salle now stands as an iconic sight in Downtown Bryan. The hotel is visited by many guests throughout the…

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