Cleveland’s Grover Hotel Goes Condo

Courtesy of the Mississippi Department of Archives and History, Cooper Postcard Collection

Visitors to downtown Cleveland in the past decade or so might have noticed the small town’s lone “skyscraper,” the old five-story Grover Hotel, standing vacant. The Grover and its minimal Mission style has been a fixture in Cleveland’s skyline since it opened in 1926, as shown in this undated postcard from the Cooper Postcard Collection.

The MDAH database doesn’t list an architect, but does have this little blurb about the history of the buidling:

The Grover was constructed in 1926 at a cost of $125,000 as the Delta’s finest hotel and Cleveland’s first skyscraper. It had 100 rooms that serviced the railroad employees and other business travelers. The 1930 city directory shows that tailor R.S. Cooper, the Palace Barber Shop, and the Hotel Grover Cafe were located here. In the 1940s and 1950s, the hotel was off-limits to the students at Delta State.

I don’t know for sure when the hotel closed–1990s, or was it earlier? Here’s how the poor thing looked in July 2010 when I passed through town. The original windows were replaced probably in a 1960s or 1970s modernization, with terrible partial infill. Poor vacant and unloved thing, bless its heart.

Grover Hotel, July 2010.

A few ideas and development plans have floated around over the years but nothing ever got off the ground. Until recently, that is. Flickr member Ol’ Blue, who lives in nearby Skene, took a couple of pictures of the renovation project underway to transform the hotel into a mixed-use building, with retail on the first floor and condominium units above. Look what a difference the new windows that actually fit make in the look of the building, and those fanlights over the front entrances!

Old Grover Hotel renovation, Cleveland, Mississippi. Photo by and courtesy of olBlue1 (Flickr)

Old Grover Hotel, Cleveland, Mississippi. Photo by and courtesy of olBlue1 (Flickr)

According to this story in the Cleveland Current, local businessman and contractor Raymond Huerta is putting four condo units per floor, I’m told that from the fifth floor, you can see forever, out past Cleveland and into the Delta lands beyond. Congratulations to Cleveland and here’s wishing this long-awaited project success!



Categories: Cleveland, Historic Preservation, Hotels, Renovation Projects

6 replies

  1. It is really great to see this happening. Those infill windows were unspeakably bad!

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    • I so agree with Tom! The new windows look great and I am ecstatic to see this being done in Cleveland. Does anyone know who are the actual developers and who is financing this project? Kudos to them!!! Jimmy Smith

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  2. The actual developer, from what I’ve been told, and from the Cleveland Current article above, is the owner Raymond Huerta and his contracting firm, Huerta Construction. Not sure of any special financing.

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  3. I wonder if the original builder the the Hotel Grover had anything to do with the Hotel Avelez in Biloxi. Both are/were five stories, built about the same time both in the minimal Mission style. The Avelez was unique because it was one of the few hotels not on the water. It closed some time in the 1960’s. After several fires started by transients over the years, I think the Avelez was demolished in 1972.

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  4. My father Jimmy Bost came to Cleveland after the war in 1945 . My mother Gladys Moore Bost was from Cleveland also. My father was the manger for the Hotel Grover until it was sold in 1960. Allen Thomas of Greenvile,Ms. Was the owner at that time. We lived in the hotel for about 15 years until is was sold I believe Mr. Paul Braswell of Cleveland became the next owner? Ther is a many a story I could Remember about the old hotel. My name is Frankie Bost. Hope this has shed some light about the old place and a little history.

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  5. Where was the old Shuler Hotel which was the location of several census enumerations for the 1940 Bolivar County Census?

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