February 27th-28th were sad days in Hot Springs, Arkansas and the surrounding area.
We lost a historic landmark when the beautiful Majestic Hotel was slowly destroyed by a raging fire.above photo: Mara Kuhn, Arkansas Online below: drone shot, KARK news
Built in 1886, The Majestic was visited by tourists and notables from all over the world for over 120 years. In its heyday, you could find all types occupying the rooms — including gangster Al Capone and pro baseball player Babe Ruth.
I have some particularly fond memories of the hotel, as I spent time on the property modeling for my friend — photographer Thomas Petillo — as he created images for his gallery/museum/book project “Just A Way Out”.Above photo: image from “Just A Way Out”, taken by Thomas Petillo. Model in the pool — me.
We had such an amazing time, and the memories will last forever. I wish the building had 😦
Until next time, I leave you all with a link to a lovely video tour of the Grande Dame of Hot Springs, comprised of stunning images by Walter Arnold. You will be missed, Majestic…