Carolina Hotel Cupola - John Patota

Copper-Clad Double Cupola


The copper-clad, double cupola atop the Carolina Hotel in Pinehurst represents classic southern style. The hotel opened its doors on January 1, 1901 and is the flagship of the Pinehurst Resort.

The 4-story classic Colonial Revival, complete with a wide, wraparound porch, and arched columns is one of the many historic landmarks visitors to the area should experience. Some call it the "Queen of the South."

"The Carolina is well assured of a large patronage on account of its equipments for a first-class hotel as well as on account of the increasing good repute of Pinehurst as a winter residence" said H. W. Priest, the hotel's first manager.

Known as 'The Carolina Hotel' in the 1970s and 1980s, the name was restored to the Carolina in 1985.       

A walk around the Village of Pinehurst and the nearby Pinehurst Country Club grounds will reveal other cupolas inspired by the original, but none as grand and striking as this one.

This photo was taken with my Nikon D500, with a Nikkor DX 18-300 mm lens at 300 mm on a tripod. The camera settings are 1.3 seconds, f/8, ISO 100. It was cropped in LightRoom and a preset applied for artistic effect.

Photo below courtesy of the Tufts Archives.

Carolina Hotel taken soon after it opened in 1901