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  • Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELD -- The renovated Southern Hotel at 428 East Boston St. in Covington opened its doors for a media tour Thursday, May 29, 2014. Officials will hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony Friday at 11 a.m. that is free and open to the public. The hotel will celebrate the 107 anniversary of its original opening date on Saturday with a gala and champagne reception that will benefit the Covington Boys and Girls Club and Keep Covington Beautiful.

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  • Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELD -- Southern Hotel owner Lisa Condrey Ward shows off the grand ballroom Thursday. The renovated Southern Hotel at 428 East Boston St. in Covington opened its doors for a media tour Thursday, May 29, 2014. Officials will hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony Friday at 11 a.m. that is free and open to the public. The hotel will celebrate the 107 anniversary of its original opening date on Saturday with a gala and champagne reception that will benefit the Covington Boys and Girls Club and Keep Covington Beautiful.

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  • Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELD -- Glyn Bailey plays the piano in the sunroom Thursday at the Southern Hotel in Covington. The renovated Southern Hotel at 428 East Boston St. in Covington opened its doors for a media tour Thursday, May 29, 2014. Officials will hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony Friday at 11 a.m. that is free and open to the public. The hotel will celebrate the 107 anniversary of its original opening date on Saturday with a gala and champagne reception that will benefit the Covington Boys and Girls Club and Keep Covington Beautiful.

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  • Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELD -- A mural by Grahame Menage in the hotel bar frames Glyn Bailey as he plays the piano in the sunroom Thursday at the Southern Hotel in Covington. The renovated Southern Hotel at 428 East Boston St. in Covington opened its doors for a media tour Thursday, May 29, 2014. Officials will hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony Friday at 11 a.m. that is free and open to the public. The hotel will celebrate the 107 anniversary of its original opening date on Saturday with a gala and champagne reception that will benefit the Covington Boys and Girls Club and Keep Covington Beautiful.

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  • Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELD -- Motor court entrance of the Southern Hotel in Covington. The renovated Southern Hotel at 428 East Boston St. in Covington opened its doors for a media tour Thursday, May 29, 2014. Officials will hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony Friday at 11 a.m. that is free and open to the public. The hotel will celebrate the 107 anniversary of its original opening date on Saturday with a gala and champagne reception that will benefit the Covington Boys and Girls Club and Keep Covington Beautiful.

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  • Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELD -- Glyn Bailey plays the piano in the sunroom Thursday at the Southern Hotel in Covington. The renovated Southern Hotel at 428 East Boston St. in Covington opened its doors for a media tour Thursday, May 29, 2014. Officials will hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony Friday at 11 a.m. that is free and open to the public. The hotel will celebrate the 107 anniversary of its original opening date on Saturday with a gala and champagne reception that will benefit the Covington Boys and Girls Club and Keep Covington Beautiful.

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  • Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELD -- The sunroom at the Southern Hotel opens to the courtyard. The renovated Southern Hotel at 428 East Boston St. in Covington opened its doors for a media tour Thursday, May 29, 2014. Officials will hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony Friday at 11 a.m. that is free and open to the public. The hotel will celebrate the 107 anniversary of its original opening date on Saturday with a gala and champagne reception that will benefit the Covington Boys and Girls Club and Keep Covington Beautiful.

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  • Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELD -- Main lobby of the Southern Hotel in Covington. The renovated Southern Hotel at 428 East Boston St. in Covington opened its doors for a media tour Thursday, May 29, 2014. Officials will hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony Friday at 11 a.m. that is free and open to the public. The hotel will celebrate the 107 anniversary of its original opening date on Saturday with a gala and champagne reception that will benefit the Covington Boys and Girls Club and Keep Covington Beautiful.

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  • Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELD -- Motor court entrance of the Southern Hotel in Covington. The renovated Southern Hotel at 428 East Boston St. in Covington opened its doors for a media tour Thursday, May 29, 2014. Officials will hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony Friday at 11 a.m. that is free and open to the public. The hotel will celebrate the 107 anniversary of its original opening date on Saturday with a gala and champagne reception that will benefit the Covington Boys and Girls Club and Keep Covington Beautiful.

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  • Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELD -- Ashley Foxsmith, left, and Amber Cook of Country Roads magazine tour the Southern Hotel. The hotel is loaded with original artwork, including a painting by Scott Ewen of Austin, Texas. The renovated Southern Hotel at 428 East Boston St. in Covington opened its doors for a media tour Thursday, May 29, 2014. Officials will hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony Friday at 11 a.m. that is free and open to the public. The hotel will celebrate the 107 anniversary of its original opening date on Saturday with a gala and champagne reception that will benefit the Covington Boys and Girls Club and Keep Covington Beautiful.

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  • Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELD -- The renovated Southern Hotel at 428 East Boston St. in Covington opened its doors for a media tour Thursday, May 29, 2014. Officials will hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony Friday at 11 a.m. that is free and open to the public. The hotel will celebrate the 107 anniversary of its original opening date on Saturday with a gala and champagne reception that will benefit the Covington Boys and Girls Club and Keep Covington Beautiful.

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  • Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELD -- The renovated Southern Hotel at 428 East Boston St. in Covington opened its doors for a media tour Thursday, May 29, 2014. Officials will hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony Friday at 11 a.m. that is free and open to the public. The hotel will celebrate the 107 anniversary of its original opening date on Saturday with a gala and champagne reception that will benefit the Covington Boys and Girls Club and Keep Covington Beautiful.

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  • Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELD -- The renovated Southern Hotel at 428 East Boston St. in Covington opened its doors for a media tour Thursday, May 29, 2014. Officials will hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony Friday at 11 a.m. that is free and open to the public. The hotel will celebrate the 107 anniversary of its original opening date on Saturday with a gala and champagne reception that will benefit the Covington Boys and Girls Club and Keep Covington Beautiful.

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  • Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELD -- The renovated Southern Hotel at 428 East Boston St. in Covington opened its doors for a media tour Thursday, May 29, 2014. Officials will hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony Friday at 11 a.m. that is free and open to the public. The hotel will celebrate the 107 anniversary of its original opening date on Saturday with a gala and champagne reception that will benefit the Covington Boys and Girls Club and Keep Covington Beautiful.

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  • Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELD -- The renovated Southern Hotel at 428 East Boston St. in Covington opened its doors for a media tour Thursday, May 29, 2014. Officials will hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony Friday at 11 a.m. that is free and open to the public. The hotel will celebrate the 107 anniversary of its original opening date on Saturday with a gala and champagne reception that will benefit the Covington Boys and Girls Club and Keep Covington Beautiful.

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  • Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELD -- The living area of in the Walker Percy suite at the renovated Southern Hotel at 428 East Boston St. in Covington opened its doors for a media tour Thursday, May 29, 2014. Officials will hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony Friday at 11 a.m. that is free and open to the public. The hotel will celebrate the 107 anniversary of its original opening date on Saturday with a gala and champagne reception that will benefit the Covington Boys and Girls Club and Keep Covington Beautiful.

  • Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELD -- The master baths in the Walker Percy suite Southern Hotel's two suites feature large hand-tinted photographs by Covington photographer Harriet Blum. The hotel is loaded with original artwork. The renovated Southern Hotel at 428 East Boston St. in Covington opened its doors for a media tour Thursday, May 29, 2014. Officials will hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony Friday at 11 a.m. that is free and open to the public. The hotel will celebrate the 107 anniversary of its original opening date on Saturday with a gala and champagne reception that will benefit the Covington Boys and Girls Club and Keep Covington Beautiful.

  • Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELD -- Master bedroom in the Walker Percy suite. The renovated Southern Hotel at 428 East Boston St. in Covington opened its doors for a media tour Thursday, May 29, 2014. Officials will hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony Friday at 11 a.m. that is free and open to the public. The hotel will celebrate the 107 anniversary of its original opening date on Saturday with a gala and champagne reception that will benefit the Covington Boys and Girls Club and Keep Covington Beautiful.

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  • Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELD -- The renovated Southern Hotel at 428 East Boston St. in Covington opened its doors for a media tour Thursday, May 29, 2014. Officials will hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony Friday at 11 a.m. that is free and open to the public. The hotel will celebrate the 107 anniversary of its original opening date on Saturday with a gala and champagne reception that will benefit the Covington Boys and Girls Club and Keep Covington Beautiful.

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  • Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELD -- The renovated Southern Hotel at 428 East Boston St. in Covington opened its doors for a media tour Thursday, May 29, 2014. Officials will hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony Friday at 11 a.m. that is free and open to the public. The hotel will celebrate the 107 anniversary of its original opening date on Saturday with a gala and champagne reception that will benefit the Covington Boys and Girls Club and Keep Covington Beautiful.

  • Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELD -- The renovated Southern Hotel at 428 East Boston St. in Covington opened its doors for a media tour Thursday, May 29, 2014. Officials will hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony Friday at 11 a.m. that is free and open to the public. The hotel will celebrate the 107 anniversary of its original opening date on Saturday with a gala and champagne reception that will benefit the Covington Boys and Girls Club and Keep Covington Beautiful.

  • Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELD -- The renovated Southern Hotel at 428 East Boston St. in Covington opened its doors for a media tour Thursday, May 29, 2014. Officials will hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony Friday at 11 a.m. that is free and open to the public. The hotel will celebrate the 107 anniversary of its original opening date on Saturday with a gala and champagne reception that will benefit the Covington Boys and Girls Club and Keep Covington Beautiful.

  • Advocate staff photo by SCOTT THRELKELD -- The renovated Southern Hotel at 428 East Boston St. in Covington opened its doors for a media tour Thursday, May 29, 2014. Officials will hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony Friday at 11 a.m. that is free and open to the public. The hotel will celebrate the 107 anniversary of its original opening date on Saturday with a gala and champagne reception that will benefit the Covington Boys and Girls Club and Keep Covington Beautiful.