The Roaring ‘20s will come roaring back in the summer of 2018. Historic Read House is getting a $25 million-dollar renovation and the “Great Gatsby” returns to Chattanooga. Guests are invited to experience the grandeur and opulence of the era—a time of unprecedented economic prosperity. Avocet Hospitality Group is working with historians and architects, recreating a modern version of the hotel’s 1926 stateliness. The result will be a unique experience for guests. This renovation marks the rebirth of Read House, often said to be, “One of the finest hotels in the country.”
This story begins 170 years ago in 1847, when Thomas Crutchfield built Crutchfield House, the predecessor to Read House, which was built in 1872. Crutchfield House, and the original Read House were among the most renowned hostelries south of the Mason and Dixon line, revered for their hospitality and extravagant amenities. In 1867, after surviving floods and the ravages of the Civil War, Crutchfield House burned to the ground. Read House was built in its place and endured war, floods, epidemics, several owners, and potential bankruptcy. Despite these misfortunes, the storied pasts of these two landmarks withstood time. Both are featured in countless newspaper and magazine articles, as well as books. In 1976, Read House took its place in the National Register of Historic Places. This celebrated hotel has been home to world leaders, presidents, celebrities, and many extraordinary events. And soon, Read House will make history once again.