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What was the motel that stood where the fire station now is on Market Street?

Ken Little

The motel, at 801 Market St., was called the Golden Eagle Motor Inn. The adjacent Golden Eagle Restaurant was located on the same property.

According to information in Wilmington city directories, the address was listed as vacant in the late 1960s and in 1970. The Golden Eagle Motor Inn was listed in 1971, the approximate date of its construction.

The business was listed in city directories through 1979.

A 1972 advertisement in the Wilmington City Directory listed the Golden Eagle manager as Phillip D. Davenport.

The motel had 121 rooms, air conditioning, televisions in every room, a swimming pool, room telephones and “sitter service,” the ad states.

The Wilmington Fire Department headquarters at 801 Market St. opened in January 2000.

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Dave Cantler

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4 Responses to “ What was the motel that stood where the fire station now is on Market Street?”

  1. On October 15, 2012 at 10:42 pm Rodney wrote:

    I Remember Staying there in 1985 It closed not to long after That

  2. On October 16, 2012 at 10:30 am CJ wrote:

    Actually I remember the St. James Inn and Restaurant/Bar Nightclub. Place was infested with roaches and poorly maintained. I believe later most of the rooms were condemned.

  3. On October 17, 2012 at 9:00 pm justin wrote:

    Operated well into the mid- and late 1980s.

  4. On October 18, 2012 at 1:53 pm Todd Sumlin wrote:

    In the late ’80s it was the Heritage House. I actually stayed there for three months in 1986 while working as an intern at the Star-News.

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