The Warm and Luxurious Peabody Hotel in Memphis

Peabody Hotel Interior - Memphis, Tennessee

Peabody Hotel Interior – Memphis, Tennessee

Every major city seems to have that grand, old-world, downtown hotel. In Austin, it’s the Driskill. In Memphis, it’s the Peabody. And with the resurgence of downtowns, many have been beautifully restored. I stopped by for a few minutes after shooting the night life and the neon of Beale Street.

In addition to my urban landscapes, I’m also attracted to grand interiors, particularly detailed ones from another era. The Peabody did not disappoint and had a richness that puts the Austin hotels to shame. Hard to believe that this hotel went into bankruptcy in the mid-70s. Apparently, its renovation in the early 80s was a catalyst for downtown revitalization.

Peabody Hotel Interior - Memphis, Tennessee
Peabody Hotel Interior - Memphis, Tennessee

The Panasonic ZS50 point and shoot did surprisingly well, documenting this dark interior. I used the same “Handheld Night Shot” feature that I used to shoot the neon of Beale Street. The camera shoots a burst of images and automatically and intelligently combines them into a single photograph.

Enjoy the grandeur.

Peabody Hotel Interior - Memphis, Tennessee
Peabody Hotel Interior - Memphis, Tennessee

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3 thoughts on “The Warm and Luxurious Peabody Hotel in Memphis

  1. Nice shots of an impressive old hotel. I love old hotels and have stayed in a few, one is the Mayflower in Seattle, built in 1929 and restored to it’s former glory in the ’80’s. Another one was the Sir Francis Drake in San Francisco, another one built in 1929, interesting they were built then. Your ZS50 looks to be a very capable camera. Cheers, John

    1. Thank you, John. I’ve noticed a lot of grand hotels were built towards the end of the 1920s, no doubt at the “top of the market” during the roaring 20s, before the stock market crashed. It would be an interesting life, just visiting old hotels and taking pictures of them. Haven’t been to either hotel you mentioned but I’ll put them on my list.

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