For two years, I interviewed dozens of people who stayed, played and
at the Coral Court Motel. Here are a few of my favorite quotes from the
I admired its architecture, if not its
Its a dark, sleazy place with
It seems so unconscionable that it
could be destroyed. I liken it to crucifixion.
Bob Waldmire, Rochester, Illinois
I lived in my van and delivered flowers. She was high society and
very married. I had never been to the Coral Court, but Id heard
about it since high school. It became a Shangri-la solution, 10:30 to
2:30 p.m. every Tuesday.
Bob B., St. Louis
I loved working there, I really did. It was fun during the
pool days. What really was the final blow for the tourist business at
Coral Courts was when the pool was no longer open
S. former employee (1973-1982), St. Louis
It was an institution. Ive got a glass block, a tin ashtray,
some towels and a matchbook. I grew up here and spent my whole life here
in St. Louis. Coral Courts, even as a child, you heard the older people
talking about it. It had its nefarious reputation, but when you drove
by it, it was a beautiful little affection, with its trees and all that.
A lot of people didnt know that place and [that] there were two
different check-ins. Like if you were a tourist wanting to spend the night,
you went in one section. If you were [there] for the notorious 3-hours,
that was another section. Because they didnt want the tourists
being upset by the garage doors clanging all night long.
Raumschuh, St. Louis
Sadly, Mr. Raumschuh passed away on May 23, 2003. He participated
in both the Coral Court BOOK & documentary.)
people laugh when they hear the name Coral Court, and think of it as a
seedy place. My recollectionmaybe Im one of the few in St.
Louisis that it was an extraordinary place. As a kid, we swam there
frequently and met nice families. Some people came back year after year
to the Coral Court Motel
My recollection was not a place for one-night
stands; I remember it as kind of a classy place.
In the 70s, for our anniversary
I took my husband out
to dinner and asked him if I could drive home. Then I drove him to Coral
Courts. It had such a reputation; I had to stay there just to find out
if there were mirrors on the ceiling, television sets on the ceiling and
if the beds were really warm
It was just a nice comfortable room
with a bath.
Marilyn H., St. Louis
Along 66, there were motels shaped like tepees and taco stands built
like sombreros. Theres so much history in this highway. It was the
style of an era, it is our culture. Of course, we dont see anything
like it anymore. What are we building nowadays thats real cool,
like the Coral Court Motel?
Ray Benson, founder of the Texas
swing band Asleep at the Wheel