Fort Harrison Hotel
The Fort Harrison Hotel serves as the flagship building of the Flag Land Base, the Church of Scientology's spiritual headquarters in Clearwater, Florida. It is owned and operated by the Church of Scientology Flag Service Organization, Inc., a Florida corporation. The hotel has 11 stories and features 220 rooms, three restaurants, a swimming pool and a ballroom.

The hotel opened in 1926 as the New Fort Harrison Hotel, replacing the former Fort Harrison Hotel. It was built by developer Ed Haley and was used as a community centre for many years. The hotel was operated by Ransom E. Olds, inventor of the Oldsmobile from 1926 until his death in 1950. In 1953 the hotel was bought by the Jack Tar Hotels and became known as the “New Fort Harrison Hotel, a Jack Tar Hotel”. The company added a cabana area to the building. By the 1970s the hotel had begun to fall into disrepair. In 1975, the Church of Scientology purchased the building under the cover names “Southern Land Development and Leasing Corp” and “United Churches of Florida Inc”. In 1976 it was revealed that Scientology had been behind the purchase, and it was announced that the hotel would undergo a $2.8 million restoration. In 2007 it was announced that the hotel would undergo another $20 million restoration project, though it has yet to be announced when this will begin.

Notable incidents
In December 1926, daredevil Henry Roland scaled the building blindfolded. The Fort Harrison has been the site of at least three suspicious deaths since 1975. Most notably Lisa McPherson, who died after spending 17 days in room 174, of the Fort Harrison. The official cause of death at the time was a blood clot caused by dehydration and bedrest, although this was later challenged in court. In 1997 an official church spokesman stated that Lisa McPherson died at the Fort Harrison, rather than on the way to the hospital. This was later retracted. Prior to Lisa McPherson’s death a Scientologist named Josephus A. Havenith was found dead at the Fort Harrison Hotel in February 1980. He was found in a bathtub filled with water hot enough to have burned his skin off. The official cause of death was drowning, although coroner noted that his head was not submerged. In August 1988 Scientologist Heribert Pfaff died of a seizure in the Fort Harrison Hotel. He had recently stopped taking his seizure medication in favour of a vitamin program. In 1997, Clearwater police received over 160 911 calls from the Fort Harrison Hotel, but they were denied entry into the hotel by Scientology security.

Use in Scientology
The Fort Harrison Hotel is used by the Church of Scientology as an area in which to feed, train and house visiting parishioners. It provides accommodations and course and auditing rooms for scientologists studying at high levels of Scientology. The Fort Harrison Hotel is joined by a walkway bridge over South Fort Harrison Avenue to the unfinished Super Power Building on the other side of the street.

In 1965, the Rolling Stones wrote their hit song " (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction" at the hotel. During baseball pre season the hotel used to be home to the Philadelphia Phillies.

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