When Jim Morrison of The Doors Stayed at the Hyatt Regency Atlanta

THIS ARTICLE WAS WRITTEN BY LEE WALLENDER AND PUBLISHED BY INVISIBLE THEMEPARK ON OCTOBER 27, 2018.

The Hyatt Regency Atlanta, built in 1967, is famous as one of the first—if not the first—example of a large atrium hotel. The inside of this 22 story hotel is scooped out, with rooms facing each other and public spaces below.

Built by John Portman, the Hyatt Regency—originally Regency Hyatt House—is an architecturally significant building that has now been rubber-stamped all across America thousands of times over. But at the time, it was a big deal—big enough that even Jim Morrison of The Doors stayed in it.

Morrison and Lisciandro in Atlanta

In May 1969, Morrison and pal Frank Lisciandro attended the Atlanta International Film Festival to accept an award for the Doors’ documentary Feast of Friends. He and Frank attended a rent party in a nearby old Victorian home (rent parties…for the uninitiated, were designed to raise emergency funds to keep the landlord at bay and have a good time in the process)… Morrison was ‘open, approachable, funny, and friendly at the party.’ He helped out in the kitchen preparing snacks, picked out albums, changed records, passed out beers, and listened to complaints about cops.

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