The Grand View from the Top
Nov. 25, 2013 at 4:11 a.m.
I was blessed to experience something that I have not experienced before in the 16 years that I have lived in Marshall. I saw the City of Marshall from a viewpoint that many have seen, but for me, it was the first time. The specular view I had of downtown Marshall occurred as I looked out the windows of the 8<sup>th</sup> floor of The Marshall Grand.
Back in September, Jerry and Judy Cargill and Judge Richard and Christina Anderson <a href="http://www.marshallnewsmessenger.com/news/hotel-marshall-donated-to-etbu/article_799b3250-6776-514d-856d-b7b331df02e2.html" target="_blank">donated The Marshall Grand</a>, formerly the Hotel Marshall, to East Texas Baptist University. This past Tuesday (Nov. 19), ETBU staff and faculty were invited to an open house at The Marshall Grand.
The open house was simply a chance to explore the building and perhaps be inspired about the possibilities available with it. This time allowed all ETBU employees an opportunity to explore all eight floors (even the basement) of this historic building.
As I went to the Marshall Grand, I wanted to go to the top. I rode the elevator to the former grand ballroom where many events were held, like proms and community dinners. As I looked out the windows high above the downtown square, the view was spectacular. I could very plainly seen the campus of ETBU and the construction of the new Centennial Hall, which will be completed in August 2014.
In 2003, the Cargills and the Andersons partnered on the renovation of the former Hotel Marshall which was built in 1929 and had stood vacant and decaying for more than 25 years. In 2007, work was completed to renovate the exterior, lobby, mezzanine, kitchen, elevators, basement and the 2<sup>nd</sup> floor. The 2<sup>nd</sup> floor features a luxury condominium. The upper floors have plumbing, fire suppression, and other features, making the upper floors ready for build-out. The Marshall Grand has been operated as an events center, restaurant, and meeting facility since 2007 and these functions will continue.
ETBU will conduct a feasibility study to determine the best use of the facility. The vision is to use The Marshall Grand to expand ETBU's graduate degree programs.