The atrium on the second floor extends upward for three stories and is topped by a vaulted skylight. Balconies with mahogany balustrades surround the court on three sides; and the graceful stairways on the fourth side converge on the central court floor. The hotel rooms are arranged in two rows around the court, the interior row opening onto the central court.The building is considered a very early example of the open air central well interior.In 1972, the Windsor Hotel was placed on the National Historic Register of Historic Places. It was one of four locations in all southwest Kansas to carry that distinction. It continued in use as a hotel until 1977, when it was closed by the State Fire Marshal.The Windsor hotel is truly unique not only in style and design but purpose as well. It is not just another building in a small Kansas town. It stood for opportunity and enterprise, for accommodation and dreams of wealth, a promise of a better future.http://www.gardencity.net/windsor/history/
Judging by the cars photo was likely taken in the 60’s?
“One of the new luxuries of the period was the emergence of mass tourism for pleasure. A daily Pullman sleeper train made the trip from Saint Louis, Missouri to Mexico City in 48 hours. Similar fast trains came from El Paso (46 hours), Laredo (49 hours), and Nogales (65 hours). Although foreign travelers had been attracted by Mexico’s charms for centuries, working tourists on holiday were beginning to come to Mexico in 1940 in large numbers. In 1940 139,000 visited Mexico. The number increased to 305,561 by 1949.
“And when tourists found their way to Antonio Ruiz Galindo’s exquisite new hotel at Fortin de las Flores, Veracruz, where fresh gardenias float on the swimming pool each morning, many thought they had found the Platonic ideal of tourism.” Source: Stephen R. Niblo “Mexico in the 1940’s: Modernity, Politics, and Corruption.
Unused postcard, Hotel Ruiz Galindo, Veracruz Mexico.