Winston-Salem's majestic Zinzendorf Hotel opened in the spring of 1892. At a cost of $150,000, it was the most expensive building ever built in this part of the state, says Fam Brownlee, a historian with the Forsyth County Public Library.

"This was the grandest hotel in the South," he said. "... We would be living in a different city today if it hadn't burned."

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