Friday, February 19, 2010

Raphael Motel (Knights Inn) Feb 2010

Ever since the Motel Raphael was built over 50 years ago it was known as being a sketchy locale where riff raff and jailbirds frequented. With 75 rooms and a large road side deck and pool, the motel was a popular spot being located in between downtown and the airport next to the highway 20. Over the years the motel was the site of a number of shady and criminal occurrences, drugs and prostitution were common as well. A man was found in his rooms bath tub stabbed multiple times in 1993, another man was sentenced to 7 years in prison for raping and beating his former girlfriend over the course of 5 days, and in 2006 a man died in a room fire (And that's just what the Gazette reported). The Motel was also a popular site for film makers looking for an atmospheric scene for shoots.  Before its closure it was acquired by new owners and changed into a Knights Inn (although signs for Raphael Motel were still present) with rooms running at hourly rates. After it closed the remaining room furniture was either auctioned off or donated to charity.

In late 2009 the city condemned a section of the property and demolition began. What was left was boarded up and fenced off. Since then local writers have been hitting it up. There were plans to build a large hotel and strip mall but apparently the MTQ has other plans and the new property owners will be having talks to figure all that out in the near future. I stopped by recently to check it out and get me some flics. Although fenced off it was not hard to get in. All the boarded windows have been hit up with various graffiti and a number of doors have been kicked in displaying the remains of the rooms interiors. All the beds and furniture remain in the rooms with various beer bottles and other refuse strung about. I didn't venture into any of the rooms but instead peeked in and snapped some shots.



  1. Very interesting! I would always see it when passing by the area and thought it looked sketchy as fuck, and that it mustve been when it was open. Guess i'm right! The rooms look oddly well preserved though, and im surprised no one lives in there

  2. It may look sketchy but since the first time I saw it, I fell in love with that old motel. It has so much character, if only walls could talk.

  3. If only walls could talk. Good old days