Groundbreaking for the Lookout Mountain Hotel was held June 14, 1927.


It was opened to the public in June of 1928.


It was designed by R. H. Hunt and and Company of Chattanooga and built by the Underwood Contracting Company of New Orleans at a cost of about one million, five hundred dollars.


The hotel flourished for a number of years and was the scene of many elaborate social events.


However the effects of the Drpression were frlt on the mountain and it was converted to a club.  Afterwards it was closed for several years and was put up for auction at Trenton.  There were no bidders and it was taken over by the American national Insurance Co. of Galveston, Texas.  It was later reopened and was known as the “Castle Above the Clouds.”


This was not a success either and the hotel was purchased by Covenant College of St. Louis, Missouri.  Covenant College is a Christian institution of higher education, emphasizing liberal arts operated by a board of trustees elected by the General Spuad of the Reformed Presbyterian Church Evangelical Squad.


The hotel is on the creek of Lookout Mountain which overlooks the City of Chattanooga, Tenn.  From its 2,100 ft. elevation, the college is a landmark building visible for miles around.


(Used by permission, History of Dade County Georgia, Retired Senior Volunteer Program, 1981)

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