60 years strong

Holiday Inn celebrates 60
[Julie Ray] Original room furnishings and telephone book used at the first Holiday Inn on Summer Avenue from 1952. Display on loan from the Memphis Pink Palace for viewing at the Holiday Inn Wolfchase location.
In 1952 entrepreneurs, Kemmons Wilson and Wallace Johnson revolutionize the travel industry by providing clean, comfortable economical lodging to the traveling public.  The first Holiday Inn opened on Summer Avenue, in Memphis, on August 1, 1952.

Earlier this month a 60-year celebration was held at the Holiday Inn, 2751 New Brunswick Road.  The celebration was hosted by Jon Crisp, general manager of Holiday Inn Wolfchase and attended by the Bartlett and Germantown Chambers of Commerce along with local business representatives.

The Holiday Inn Wolfchase boasts awards such as the 2010 Intercontinental Hotels Group Newcomer Hotel of the Year Award Winner, 2011- 2012 Intercontinental Hotels Group Torchbearer Award of Excellence Award Winner, 2011 Intercontinental Hotels Group 1st Place Award for Overall Guest Satisfaction, and the 2010 -2011- 2012 Trip Advisor Excellence Award Winner.

One of the displays is on loan from the Memphis Pink Palace for an extended period of time.  The display is of room furnishings from one of the original hotel rooms.  Raymond Lowery designed the furniture in 1952.  Lowery also designed streamlined train locomotives of the 1930’s and ’40’s.

Another display of curiosity is furniture designed by World Record Holding Card stacker, Bryan Berg.  Berg partnered with Holiday Inn to unveil a 400 square foot Holiday Inn “Key Card Hotel,” built from over 200,000 Holiday Inn hotel key cards.  The “hotel” features a guest bedroom, bathroom and lobby furnished with life-sized amenities.  The largest structure Berg has ever created, the Holiday Inn “Key card Hotel” celebrates the biggest re-launch in hotel history, with over 2,000 re-launched properties to date.  After events in New York City and Washington, D.C., it was only natural for the “hotel” to end its tour in the iconic brand’s hometown.

Both displays and other memorabilia are open to the public at the Holiday Inn Wolfchase location for an extended period of time.