One of the last standing landmarks of Paradise Valley before it burned down in 1963, the Garfield was another combination hotel and cocktail lounge owned by businessman Randolph Wallace. “In its intimate Wal-Ha Room,” wrote the Baltimore Afro-American, “it was not uncommon to meet visiting celebrities, professional athletes, stage and screen stars and politicians on the prowl for votes. It served as a meeting-place for civic and professional organizations, and was frequented by business people and white collar workers from nearby office buildings who found the cuisine inviting. Although the hotel and lounge had been in existence for many years, it took on a new vitality when acquired and refurbished by businessman Randolph W. Wallace in 1949.”
“2 Killed As 40 Flee 5-Alarm Hotel Fire: Detroit blaze guts old-time nite-spot.” The Baltimore Afro-American. Mar 16, 1963, p. 19.