Save the Elliott Hotel
The Elliott Hotel building is my first attempt at saving and restoring an historic building in Greenfield, Ohio. Many folks have expressed interest in helping financially and I would appreciate any support. There are many things to address before the restoration can begin. A hazardous material assessment, engineering studies, design drawings, clean-out, etc.
Not looking to make a million dollars, just want to bring an old building back to life and have the community involved in some fashion.
I have invested funds of my own. I would appreciate any financial support, 1 or 5 or 10 or 20 dollars or whatever. I assure you that all funds raised will go toward the Elliott Hotel project.
Interior corridor existing conditions. Missing windows and crumbling plaster.
Fire damage and water damage in upstairs room.
Interior corridor at rear portion. Peeling paint and piles of plaster on the floors.
We have hit the 25% mark of my initial funding goal. Thanks to all who have donated to this site, I appreciate it very much! Earlier in January I had a local crew complete the clean-out of the front 6 rooms on the first floor of the Hotel building. The original floors and details are still there under all the junk. I am currently reviewing proposals from other local folks to complete the remaining 12 rooms on the first floor, and the entire second floor. I also am working with a local electrician to get the service connection up to code and get some temporary power into the building to run some lights and heat during the clean-out operation.
Here are a few photos from the front 6 rooms after clean-up. My goal is to have the rest of the building cleaned up by the end of March, 2016. The next major hurdle is to repair the roof structure and install a new roof. The leaking roof must be replaced very soon to stop further damage to the interior.
As for what the building may be in the future, I am thinking of a couple of ideas.
For the first floor I am considering maintaining the front portion as a lobby space. The lobby will serve as the main entrance for the other functions in the building. I am planning to add a new elevator for access to the basement and the second floor. For the center section of the first floor I am contemplating a space for either a banquet or event center for the community to use for meetings, reunions, receptions or other functions. A second idea is to create a Johnny Paycheck museum and music heritage center. I think a venue that celebrates the life and career of Johnny Paycheck is long overdue.
For the second level, I am contemplating a 12-16 room boutique hotel. The rooms might be rented by the night, week or even by the month as temporary housing.
Of course all of these uses require a building that is sound, dry and up to code. That is the goal for the first year is to get the building up to code and ready for any interior function.
Thanks again for all of the donations. I have had some McClain High School graduating classes donate as a class and I think that is a great idea. If I can determine the class that donates the most, I will create a plaque for the lobby recognizing that class. Right now it is the Class of 1963.
I have been asked to post historic info and my future plans for the building. The plan is to basically restore the building back to its former glory. I am planning to demolish almost all of the interior walls and ceilings to get back to the bare framing. This must be done in order to get rid of all of the old plaster and wood lath walls and prep the building for new wiring and ductwork.
No matter what the future use of the building becomes, the electric, heating and cooling have to be up to code and modern. Here are few more current photos showing the conditions.
I will be cleaning out a portion of the first floor the week of 12/21. Once I feel the building is safe for visitors, I will host a series of tours for the public. Likely next spring.
Have a great week everyone and please continue to donate if you can.
Whats to repurpose of the building going to be? Thats the first thing that comes to mind. Secondly does the project take in the entire building you see in the structure that includes the other store fronts up Washington to the alley? Is the old hotel going to reconstructed to a degree as a smaller version of the original for modern day use as a hotel for the community? Important things to know and i can't find any answers in the articles I've read so far.
Bob, I am not operating this as a charity or non-profit so the donations are not tax deductible. Thanks for asking. Doug K
I remember in the 60,s what lovely place it was ,,so happy tp see this wish we cold help clean out ,,but will donate ,,
I was the last person to paint the out side of building back in the 90s
I lived there on the second floor, for a brief time in the 70's. we all had to share a bathroom.. it wasn't too bad then.