From Luxury Hotel to Jail and Now Back to Hotel

Update:   The former Cabana Hotel (then the Bill Decker Detention Center) was recently sold to the Centurion Group with plans to restore the hotel to it's former glory.
   The Centurion Group is most know for it's redevelopment of the Statler Hotel.

The Original Post

   Every day from my studio, I can see the beautiful Margaret Hunt Hill Bridge (aka The Big Bent Pole) but I also see the Bill Decker Detention Center.

   Most people probably don't know that this jail was once a luxury hotel where the Beatles stayed on the one trip to Dallas.  Back in the 60s this was a rather upscale join known as the Cabana Motor Hotel. Doris Day was a one time owner. Raquel Welch once worked their as a cocktail waitress

   Enjoy a blast from the bast, The Cabana Motor Hotel, in more glamorous days.

News Story from December 12, 1984

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