Robert Driscoll Hotel

Manufacturer: Syracuse China
User: Robert Driscoll Hotel
Date: October 1939
Notes: In 1940, Philanthropist Clara Driscoll began construction on the Robert Driscoll Hotel in honor of her brother. The 17-story, 350-room hotel, located at 615 N. Upper Broadway, Corpus Christi, Texas, opened on May 25, 1942. Clara Driscoll lived in the penthouse suite of the hotel, which was the tallest building in Corpus Christi at the time.

Over the years, the hotel hosted several famous guests, including John Wayne, Tyrone Power, and Kathy Grant, who married Bing Crosby.

According to Emporis, the building closed in 1970, and in 1974, it was stripped to its steel frame and remodeled as the black box office tower; today, the building stands as the Wells Fargo Tower.

Old Ivory body relish tray topmarked with a gray shield containing a three-mast sailing ship, with bird standing on a torse ribbon bar, atop the shield. “Robt. Driscoll” in black below shield. Red pin line flanked by black pin lines, placed mid rim, flanking topmark.

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