Statler Hilton Streetscape

Oh boy! We’re excited folks! The deal has gone through, and just as Candy predicted, Mehrdad Moayedi and his firm, Centurion American, have purchased the Statler Hilton form Leobardo Trevino’s Ricchi Investments.

Of course, there’ll be no pomp and circumstance or champagne cork popping in the streets like the celebration dance City Hall enjoyed when Trevino bought the famed midcentury modern hotel at 1914 Commerce Street. And while Ricchi Investments had ambitions plans for this incredible piece of downtown Dallas real estate, Moayedi brings an incredible plan and pairs it with a proven track record.



Update Nov. 9: This must be a new retro trend — the live music venue! I’m told the developer refurbishing the At. Anthony Hotel in downtown St. Antonio also has plans to re-vive a ballroom and live music venue on the rooftop. Seems that, in the 1940’s and ’50s, folks would go down to the St. Anthony and dance to live bands while local radio stations broadcast the music. Perhaps this is what Mehrdad has in mind? (ce)

We love Mehrdad Moayedi, whom we’ve dubbed “Saint Stoneleigh.” Steve Brown at the DMN wrote yesterday what we wrote a month ago: Moayedi is buying downtown Dallas’ iconic Statler Hilton with plans for a residential conversion with unique amenities.

But this building has had previous owners and big plans before, but none that have come to fruition. There are several hoops to jump through with this William Tabler-designed building — including parking and other abatement concerns — some of which have stymied successful developers such as Jack Matthews of Matthews Southwest.

But Moayedi’s Centurion American breathed life back into the Stoneleigh, is well equipped to revive the 19-story Midcentury stunner of a hotel on Commerce Street. We also love that Moayedi want’s to bring more amenities to downtown with this project, including a movie theater and a grocery store. There’s also been talk of a live music venue. Wonderful ideas, and all sorely needed downtown.





Justin Terveen Adolphus Hotel Balroom

If you’ve been inside the Adolphus Hotel in downtown Dallas, then you can surely understand why this Dallas landmark, a popular five-star hotel, attracts guests from all over the country. The problem is, some of them never leave.

The 100-year-old hotel is still a popular place to party and be seen, but it’s what’s unseen that has earned it a place in many a ghost hunter’s book. In fact, the purported ghosts of the Adolphus Hotel have their own website. The hotel’s haunted happenings made it inside Dallas author Rita Cook’s Haunted Dallas, according to this Dallas Observer story.

Intrepid photographer Justin Terveen, who goes the extra mile to get the shot and has taken some amazing snaps of historic Dallas properties, managed to find his way inside the allegedly haunted 19th floor ballroom (above). The ballroom was closed off during a renovation in 1979 and is only accessible by a hidden crawlspace. It is here that many Adolphus guests report hearing big-band music, pianos playing, and the sound of a great party going on. The elevators have done some strange things, too.

It’s also the site of a more grisly ghost story, one where a young bride chose to take her own life inside the hotel. Some guests have reported hearing a woman crying in the room nextdoor, or even hearing the melancholy tune of a music box playing.

Other sightings include a dearly departed customer occupying her old table inside the Bistro, and tableware moving about inside the French Room.

These are amazing stories, and they are one of the reasons that the Adolphus remains a fantastic historic hotel inside downtown Dallas and the premiere spot to take your honey if you want them to stick close to you on Halloween night.

Where are your favorite “haunted” spots to hang out on Halloween?