Though Temple had a population of only about 15,000 people in the late 1920’s, its skyline boasted three skyscrapers, one of which was the Kyle Hotel. It is the tallest building in Temple at 146 feet with 14 floors.
The Kyle Hotel was the brain child of Dr. A. C. Scott, a
physician and founder of Scott and White Hospital in Temple, Texas. His friend
and wealthy oilman, W. W. Kyle of Beaumont, was a major investor in the
project, and the hotel was named for him. It was designed by architect, George
The hotel opened in 1929 with a “human fly” act. A man
scaled the outside wall pausing halfway to refresh with a bottle of Coca-Cola.
In the beginning, the hotel had ten bellhops, a day and night clerk and
switchboard operators, all working 12-hour shifts.
It had its share of famous visitors including Roy Rogers and
Gene Autry. During the Depression, a struggling musician by the name of
Lawrence Welk directed his band in the dining room.
In 1991 the hotel was renovated and repurposed to be used as
housing for elderly, handicapped/disabled, and low income residents. It is
under the direction of the Temple Housing Authority, and has been listed on the
National Register of Historic Places since 1993.