Texas Historical Commission
Occupying a prominent corner in the southern end of Bryan's central business district, the LaSalle Hotel is an architectural landmark representative of the city's early 20th century commercial development. At that time, Bryan was a major railroad stop between Houston and Dallas, and its depot on the Houston and Texas Central Rail Line (now demolished) once stood across Main Street from the LaSalle Hotel.
Completed in 1928 for leading businessman Robert Wistar Howell (1877-1960), the LaSalle Hotel was the tallest building in downtown Bryan at the time of its construction.
Building is Converted
The LaSalle Hotel building served as a nursing home from 1959 until 1975 and was closed for the last two decades of the 20th century.
Following a large rehabilitation project, the LaSalle Hotel returned to its historic use as a downtown hotel in 2000.