Atlanta, April 18, 2006 -
The Winecoff Hotel, the site of the nation's
deadliest hotel fire, is being renovated
and will reopen as a boutique hotel.
The groundbreaking for the renovation in downtown
Atlanta is scheduled for 10:00am Friday.
The Winecoff, located at 176 Peachtree Street,
is being redeveloped by Kelco/FB Winecoff LLC.
Plans call for the hotel to have 127 rooms
when it reopens next year.
Fire swept through the building on December
7th, 1946. A total of 119 guests perished, some
of them leaping to their deaths.
The dead included the developer, WF Winecoff,
and his wife.
Among the victims were high school students
visiting Atlanta to participate in the Youth
Assembly, a mock legislature. A picture of one
woman's fall was photographed by a passer-by
who won a Pulitzer Prize for the image.