B. H. Griffin and his wife took ownership of the Sir Walter Hotel of Raleigh in 1928, and transformed it into a hub of political life. Many political figures and their wives moved into the Sir Walter's apartments. Wives of various officials formed an organization called the Sir Walter Cabinet that met in Mrs. Griffin's apartment at the Sir Walter. By the 1960s, increased membership forced the cabinet to meet at various places in and around Raleigh. The Sir Walter was also used for wedding receptions and parties, and housed the Sphinx Club, a gentleman's retreat.