Event: Southern Hotel Fire
Brief Description: Twenty-one lives were lost in a blazing fire that engulfed the luxurious Southern Hotel in 1877. The Southern Hotel occupied a city block near what is now the Adam´s Mark Hotel. Firefighter Phelim O´Toole earned local hero status for his bravery in rescuring 12 women from the top floors of the hotel. O´Toole had the women lower themselves on besheets to the level of his tallest ladder, then moved from window to window to help them escape.
Decade: 1870 - 1879
Beginning Date: Apr. 11, 1877
Ending Date: Apr. 11, 1877
site was made possible by: the City of St. Louis Planning and Urban Design Agency and