'Full House' no more: Iconic St. George motel faces demolition

The sun sets on the Dixie Palm Motel the night before the lodging's iconic neon sign was taken down at the start of demolition, St. George, Utah, Oct. 19.

The sun sets on the Dixie Palm Motel the night before the lodging's iconic neon sign was taken down at the start of demolition, St. George, Utah, Oct. 19. (Chris Reed, St. George News)



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ST. GEORGE — There won't be a full house at the corner of St. George Boulevard and 200 East anymore.

Last Wednesday, Dixie Palm Motel's neon sign came down, marking the end of 74 years the motel has provided lodging, serviced motorists on Highway 91 and, at one point, even became part of the Oklahoma City bombing investigation.

The motel's distinctive neon sign included the words "Full House" instead of "No Vacancy." But the upkeep required to maintain the historical motel had become more expensive than any revenue that could be generated from the motel's 15 rooms, said Shayne Wittwer, CEO of Wittwer Hospitality, which owns the motel and two others on the boulevard.

"Just the cost alone to do that were so high to recoup the cost to the hotel's operations," Wittwer said.

The full demolition should take place in the next few weeks, he added.

But the owner, who comes from generations of motel and furniture store operators in St. George, said the move is still bittersweet. He can not only feel the history of St. George but his own history.

Read the full article at St. George News.

Chris Reed

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