This 36-inch Hunter model 1032 cast iron ceiling fan was salvaged from the historic original Hotel De Soto in Savannah, Georgia, demolished in the mid-1960s. The fan is tested and working, but the wiring is a bit frayed and probably needs some attention. It originally had a copper finish, but was painted a hunter green long, long ago. It has its original aluminum blades intact. It shows nearly 100 years of wear, as the prior owner also installed and used it for decades after it was rescued from the demolished landmark. The bottom motor cover plate is broken. When installed, damage shows as two hairline cracks, but when disassembled, the plate comes into two pieces. The fan housing or the plate cover appear to be a little warped, as the plate does not sit perfectly flat against the upper housing. Please inspect the included photos for more details. Fan is missing ceiling cap/hanger, but bearings and inner parts still look like they are in good shape. Fan has been cleaned up a bit and degreased as best as I could get it (it was accidentally stored upside down for a short period before I got it, motor oil was everywhere inside and out). It definitely has an authentic rustic look that can’t be faked, and there’s always the slightest possibility that Elvis may have rested under this fan when he stayed at the DeSoto! The De Soto opened in 1890, closed in 1965, and the original building demolished around 1968 and replaced with the new De Soto hotel that still operates today. The original hotel hosted celebrities like Elvis. Gregory Peck, Katherine Hepburn, Ed Sullivan, and Presidents McKinley, Taft, Wilson and Hoover. Here’s a little info on the original De Soto, from the Historic Hotels website. The 300-room hotel opened on New Years Day in 1890, complete with a swimming pool, lighted miniature golf course, Solarium, soda shop, and barbershop. The luxury Hotel DeSoto was regarded as one of the finest examples of modern building, catering to Americas new leisure activities and becoming a local community resource. It was known as the Dowager Empress of the South and was truly the center of Savannahs social life. The original DeSoto closed its doors with a 75-year New Years Eve Diamond Jubilee Ball in 1965, sponsored by the Savannah Symphony Womens Guild. The item “HUNTER ANTIQUE CEILING FAN 1032 VINTAGE 1920s FROM HOTEL DE SOTO SAVANNAH GA” is in sale since Tuesday, November 13, 2018. This item is in the category “Collectibles\Kitchen & Home\Electric Fans”. The seller is “atomicspacejunk88″ and is located in Snellville, Georgia. This item can be shipped worldwide.
- Modified Item: No
- Country/Region of Manufacture: United States
- Brand: hunter