The Legend of the Motor Palace begins with a boy and a fast car on a road of dreams and ends with the purchase of a building in the Route 66 district of Winslow Arizona. Grab a cup o’ Joe sometime and click LEGEND in the menu bar to read about Brian’s lifelong search for the perfect building.
For now, here’s a simplified version of how this came to be.
Long after his childhood road trips, Brian’s love of travel remained. In 2007, he hit the road from California destined for Nashville on a customer’s brand new Harley-Davidson Road King. Rather than ship the motorcycle, the customer asked him to ride it there, and of course, Brian obliged.
On the way, he stopped in Winslow Arizona to stay at the legendary La Posada Hotel, a restored Harvey House, and quickly fell in love with the town. Why? Because Winslow is a town of travel, a thriving Route 66 stop, and a place that loves motorcycles.
Three years after first stopping in Winslow, Brian and his wife Lori found the location of their dreams. They named the tall red building diagonal from Winslow’s famous corner, The Motor Palace.
The Building History
Over the years, the building operated in several capacities–a barbershop, a “Peace of Mind store,” even a motorcycle shop, but most associate the location with a pool hall/speakeasy. Rumor is the city shut it down sometime in the 80s because of its notorious nature. The building sat empty for years until Brian and Lori bought it in 2010.
The Motor Palace
Gradually what was a shell of a building is evolving into the place Brian and Lori always dreamed of: a Motor Palace filled with the things they love. Although much of the site’s content got wiped out in the great website crash of 2017, they are gradually rebuilding. Follow their adventures on the road and the ever-evolving plan of what’s next for The Motor Palace.
Links to Relevant Posts:
- Along with 112 Kinsley, we also own 114 Kinsley–what used to be Jenny’s Tavern–although most of that building fell down before we bought. Check out Brian’s progress post on that. And an older post with a peek inside.
- Lori wrote a Vagabond Life post on her author blog about the Motor Palace, similar information as this post, but with a bit more detail.
- A way back post on when the architect’s plans were approved!
- A post on the early construction of our apartment.
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