By Shannon Miller Turner Photography by Greg Harrison
A Texas gem has been reborn. San Antonio’s iconic St. Anthony Hotel, a Luxury Collection Hotel, recently celebrated its grand re-opening with glamour, glitz and a very special shade of green; one custom-created specifically for the St. Anthony long ago by legendary interior designer, Dorothy Draper.
“The first impression a hotel has on its guest can be one of cheerfulness or gloom because color, which is so inexpensive, is what does the trick,” Draper was known to say. “Not color alone, but color plus imaginative lighting and clever grouping of the furniture. You say you have an old lobby that nothing much can be done with? Oh, yes it can.” That in mind, the St. Anthony is shining as brightly as it ever did as Late European’s gorgeous luxury cars greeted guests as they entered the hotel.
Speeches were made and toasts were cheered throughout the evening as guests marveled in the venue’s elegant rejuvenation. Relying on the history of the hotel to guide its re-design, renowned design firm Forrest Perkins meticulously restored the St. Anthony to its original grandeur. The new look is timeless and historically modern with a respectful nod to the magnificent history behind the hotel known in its earlier incarnation as The Waldorf of the Prairie. The St. Anthony’s re-design has restored the National Historic Landmark’s famed glamour and opulence and has reclaimed the glory of the past for the enjoyment of the future.