Welcome to the Driskill Hotel. The oldest operating hotel in Austin, Texas. Built by Col. Jesse Driskill, who constructed the finest hotel south of St. Louis.
I was browsing around the internet the other day, and I came across a picture, the one you will see at the end of this article. It looks like a regular painting, but there was something about the face of the girl that was…well creepy as hell.
On the corner of Sixth Street and Brazos Street, in the heart of downtown Austin, stands a historic landmark of Texas hospitality: The Driskill Hotel.
The image took me to various sites where I learned a little more about the strange history of the picture. It seemed to have a very grim one, if true.
The Love Letters’ painting is dubbed one of the most haunted paintings in the world and is most known for its history connected to the five-star Romanesque-style building completed in 1886.
Looming large in the Lone Star State’s rich history, the hotel’s dedication to service, memorable experiences, rich culinary delights and welcoming warmth are equally Texas-sized.
The 189-room Driskill Hotel sets a new standard for historic hotels. The hotel was built in 1886 and beautifully restored, and the gleaming marble floors, towering columns, and stained-glass ceilings evoke a bygone era.
With over $800 a night, the hotel ranges from balcony suites rising to the Presidential suites each featuring a separate living room with hardwood floors and faux fireplaces.
Each one contains a grandmaster bedroom and bathroom, and lavish décor throughout filling the suites with a sense of modern elegance.
Tasteful, elegant rooms follow suit with designer furnishings, towering ceilings with crown mouldings, brocade carpeting, and pretty bathrooms with black marble floors and counters.
According to their site, a visit to The Driskill is simply unforgettable – well apparently so. When it comes to the decor, the love letters replica stands on display
The story goes that a young girl of four named Samantha Houston chased her ball down the grand stairs and tripped and fell to her death. People think that this painting was then hung up on the fifth floor of the hotel as a tribute to her.
The truth is, this isn’t Samantha at all, this painting was a modern-day replica of Richard King of a work entitled Love Letters painted by Charles Trevor Garland.
Charles Trevor Garland was a British 19th Century painter who was born in 1851. This British artist was known for his charming genre scenes of women and children.
Based in London, Garland was a skilled painter whose work involved elements of narrative, portraiture, animal painting, still life, architecture, and landscape.
He was a master of each field, unifying his animated figures and lush settings into structured compositions that convey a playful or sentimental mood.
The small, yet powerful piece, was framed and matted under glass, approximately 8×10 in size.
It is quite possible that the painting may have been brought because the little girl in the picture looked like Samantha but it most certainly isn’t her at all.
When this picture was hung up on the fifth floor of the hotel, people reported feeling dizzy around the painting, nauseous and having strange sensations like being lifted off the ground.
Onlookers have claimed that the expression of the girl in a painting changes when you look away – even for a second.
But who knows?
There is only one way to find out.