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The FORT HARRISON HOTEL serves as the flagship building of the FLAG LAND BASE, the Church of Scientology
Scientology
's spiritual headquarters in Clearwater, Florida . It is owned and operated by the Church of Scientology
Scientology
Flag Service Organization, Inc. , a subsidiary of the Church of Scientology
Scientology
International .

The hotel has 11 stories and features 220 rooms, three restaurants, a swimming pool and a ballroom. The building is connected by a skywalk to the Flag Building .

CONTENTS

* 1 History * 2 Use in Scientology
Scientology
* 3 Notable incidents * 4 Trivia * 5 See also * 6 References * 7 External links

HISTORY

The hotel opened in 1926 as the "New Fort
Fort
Harrison Hotel", replacing the former Fort
Fort
Harrison Hotel. It was built by developer Ed Haley and was used as a community center for many years. The hotel was operated by Ransom E. Olds
Ransom E. Olds
, inventor of the Oldsmobile
Oldsmobile
, from 1926 until his death in 1950.

The name comes from a Seminole War -era U.S. Army
U.S. Army
fort, built in the 1830s south of today's downtown Clearwater. The fort was named for William Henry Harrison
William Henry Harrison
and was the western counterpart of Fort
Fort
Brooke in what became Tampa . (See also the history of Clearwater .)

In 1953 the hotel was bought by the Jack Tar Hotels and became known as the "New Fort
Fort
Harrison Hotel, a Jack Tar Hotel". The company added a cabana area to the building.

By the 1970s the hotel began to fall into disrepair. In 1975, the Church of Scientology
Scientology
purchased the building under the names "Southern Land Development and Leasing Corp" and "United Churches of Florida Inc". In 1976, the Church of Scientology's connection and the named purchasers was reported by the St. Petersburg Times
St. Petersburg Times
, as was the Church's plan for a $2.8 million restoration and upgrade of the hotel.

In 2007, the Church announced that the hotel would undergo another $20 million restoration project, but not when the project would begin.

USE IN SCIENTOLOGY

The Fort
Fort
Harrison Hotel is used by the Church of Scientology
Scientology
as an area in which to feed, train and house visiting practitioners. It provides both accommodation and "course border:solid #aaa 1px">

* Florida
Florida
portal * Scientology
Scientology
portal

* Church of Spiritual Technology * Dianetics
Dianetics
* Religious Technology Center * Scientology
Scientology
* Scientology
Scientology
controversies

REFERENCES

* ^ DEBORAH O'NEIL (January 26, 2002). "Public to get rare view of hotel". St. Petersburg Times. Retrieved April 18, 2010. The Fort Harrison Hotel was built by developer Ed Haley and for years served as a center for community events. Proms and cotillions, luncheons and fashion shows, club meetings and wedding receptions all were staged there. * ^ A B C AMELIA DAVIS (May 24, 1990). "Historic sites dot land along harbor". St. Petersburg Times. Retrieved April 18, 2010. Fort Harrison Hotel. Built in 1925 by Ed Haley, the hotel was operated by R.E. Olds of Lansing, Mich., until 1953. Olds, the founder of Oldsmar and the inventor of the Oldsmobile, traded his nearly finished Oldsmar Race Track for the Fort
Fort
Harrison. In 1953, the hotel was sold to the Jack Tar hotel chain. It was operated as a winter resort for most of its first three decades. The 11-story building was the city's first skyscraper. In 1975, the hotel was sold to the Church of Scientology, under the alias Southern Land Development and Leasing Corp. The building serves as Scientology's international spiritual headquarters.

* ^ CURTIS KRUEGER (August 5, 1989). "Scientologists don\'t plan to buy buildings". St. Petersburg Times. Retrieved April 18, 2010. The Scientologists' land holdings in Clearwater have increased steadily in the years since they bought the historic Fort
Fort
Harrison Hotel in 1975. * ^ A B CURTIS KRUEGER (February 13, 1989). "Scientologists upgrading hotel // $ 2.8-million spent on headquarters". St. Petersburg Times. Retrieved April 18, 2010. The Church of Scientology says it is pouring $ 2.8-million into a renovation of the Fort Harrison Hotel, where the organization houses, trains and feeds its students. * ^ Jacob H Fries (September 29, 2007). "SCIENTOLOGY HAS BIG PLANS FOR LANDMARK". St. Petersburg Times. Retrieved April 18, 2010. The Church of Scientology
Scientology
is in announcement mode again, this time saying it will spend $20-million on a major upgrade of its iconic Fort Harrison Hotel. But what church officials aren't saying is exactly when the work will start. * ^ " Scientology
Scientology
— Is This a Religion?" Scientology—Is This a Religion? N.p., n.d. Web. 04 Feb. 2015. . * ^ Whitfield, Hana. 1989. "Affidavit." (August 8): 11pp, downloaded from . * ^ "\'Human fly\' to scale Fort
Fort
Harrison Hotel". St. Petersburgh Times. Dec 3, 1926. Retrieved April 18, 2010. * ^ Tobin, Thomas C. (December 6, 1998). "McPherson Relatives Lead Protest". St. Petersburg Times
St. Petersburg Times
. Florida
Florida
. * ^ Ellison, Michael (November 23, 1998). "Death in the sunshine state; Three years ago, a minor car crash left Lisa McPherson dead. Now Scientology
Scientology
is in the dock". The Guardian
The Guardian
. * ^ Wilson, Mike (August 16, 1997). " Scientology
Scientology
deserves all the bad PR". St. Petersburg Times
St. Petersburg Times
. * ^ Tobin, Thomas C. (June 7, 1998). "'Unique' case of Scientologist's death is still