ELLIS HOTEL

(Winecoff Hotel)

176 Peachtree Street NW, Atlanta, GA

(404) 523-5155

Status: Mass Fatality Disaster Site; 4 Star Boutique Hotel

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History

This building opened in 1913 as the Winecoff Hotel.

On December 7 1946, the Winecoff Hotel had a fire that is still the deadliest hotel fire in US history. 127 people died in fire including 40 teenagers in for a youth conference and Christmas shoppers.

A third of people who died did so because they jumped out of the windows of the building desperate to escape the fire.

The fire started in a third floor corridor spreading rapidly and moving up a staircase. This trapped everyone on the 12 floors above.

Arnold Hardy won a Pulitzer prize for his photo of a woman in mid-air as she jumped for the building’s 11th floor. The woman was seriously injured but did live.

This fire led to huge changes in the fire regulations including sprinkler systems and fire alarm systems.

The hotel opened again in April of 1951 with a state of the art fire suppression system and changed it’s name to the Peachtree Hotel on Peachtree.

In 1967 the building was sold to the Georgia Baptist Convention supposedly to convert into a home for the elderly. However, space in the building was repeatedly sold to developers.

By the late 1980’s the building ended up being left abandoned. The gutted lobby was used as a souvenir shop during the 1996 Olympics.

In 2005 a $25 million dollar renovation was done converting it into a modern boutique hotel. The name was changed to the Ellis Hotel when it opened on October 1, 2007.

 

Paranormal Activity

Smoke alarms will suddenly go off on their own at 2:48am; the time the fire started.

People have also woken up in the middle of the night smelling smoke in their rooms.

The elevators sometimes have a mind of their own and will stop on floors not pressed or moving empty from floor to floor.

Other Reported Paranormal Activity: faces of people appearing in the hotel windows with many of them screaming in pain and terror; disembodied voices; objects moving on their own or just disappearing; unexplained sounds of people running in the hallways; phantom screams; phantom footsteps; light anomalies; calls to the front desk from unoccupied rooms and feelings of being watched and not being alone.