Save the Elliott Hotel

$3,000 of $10k goal

Raised by 73 people in 16 months
Doug Karnes  GREENFIELD, OH
My name is Doug Karnes.  I am an architect that grew up on a farm outside of town and graduated from McClain High School in 1984.   I have established a Facebook page called "Designing Greenfield".  I have advocated for locals to restore the buildings in the uptown business district to bring  new new life and vitality to our small town.  I have described many ideas for folks to consider.  I have decided to take the plunge and get a building of my own to restore.

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.

Thanks everyone! 

Doug Karnes
2536065_1449197909.6205_funddescription.Interior corridor existing conditions.  Missing windows and crumbling plaster.
2536065_1449197961.3825_funddescription.Fire damage and water damage in upstairs room.
2536065_1449197982.0951_funddescription.Interior corridor at rear portion.  Peeling paint and piles of plaster on the floors.
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Update 5
Posted by Doug Karnes
14 months ago
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Hello Friends of the Elliott! This update shows the total at 27% of goal. Thanks to all who have given generously. Some have even donated directly to my account at 5/3 in Greenfield and I really appreciate it. The photos here show another milestone...a new electric service and meter has been installed on the hotel building. Thank you Cleve Bartley and Jeff Hadley for coordinating this work for me locally. Two more jobs created! Although Jeff is working for free so far... Next step is to complete the wiring of two temporary circuits on the first and second floor for lighting and heat, then completing the cleanout of the remainder of the first floor. I have proposals for this work and it will completed in March. Last step of cleanout will be the second floor, but that is a whole project in itself... Another fund raiser is about to be announced soon. I am sponsoring a country music concert over in Wilmington at the Murphy Theater in early June. My friend Steven Cross is handling the details and should be ready to hit the streets with the information very soon. Be on the lookout for tickets for that show, as proceeds will benefit the restoration of the Elliott Hotel. More updates to follow! Hurry up Springtime.... Doug Karnes
"Hot" electric meter ready to go!
New electric service feed active
Another happy DP&L customer...yea power!
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Update 4
Posted by Doug Karnes
15 months ago
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Hello Friends of the Elliott!
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.

Thanks everyone!
Doug Karnes
Original fireplace
Front lobby looking at corner window
Second original fireplace on first floor
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Update 3
Posted by Doug Karnes
16 months ago
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Wow! Thank you to everyone who has donated to my Elliott Hotel account. Doubled the contribution amount in a week, now at 16% of initial goal. Clean out work began this week and it took 4 truck loads to clean out the first two rooms on the first floor. Work continues tomorrow! Merry Christmas to all!
Doug Karnes
First load of old furniture out.
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Update 2
Posted by Doug Karnes
16 months ago
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Hello Greenfielders! Thanks to your generosity, we have hit 8.3% of my initial goal. Your donations are very appreciated. I continue to receive questions and suggestions about the Elliott from folks all over the country. I also get a few historic photos from time to time.

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.

Doug Karnes
Straight from a horror movie... Yiks!
Remove the awning and fake front door.
Original railings to basement to remain.
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Dwayne Kinnison
16 months ago
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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.

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Bob Conley
15 months ago
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Are your donations taxductable?

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Doug Karnes
15 months ago

Bob, I am not operating this as a charity or non-profit so the donations are not tax deductible. Thanks for asking. Doug K

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Darlene Scaff Pence
15 months ago

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 ,,

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Jim Dement
16 months ago

I was the last person to paint the out side of building back in the 90s

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Kathy Hester
16 months ago

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.

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$3,000 of $10k goal

Raised by 73 people in 16 months
Created December 3, 2015
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$35
Robert Elliott
6 months ago

I have been searching my family roots and found that my great x4 grandfather, Alexander Elliott, came to Greenfield about 1816. I believe one of his sons built the original Elliott Hotel in the 1880's.

$100
Karen Moon
12 months ago
AL
$25
Alecia Lipton
12 months ago
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1
$50
Stayce Lynne
13 months ago
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All my best and more! Kudos to all that you have done and continue to do...God Bless! Always!

NW
$25
Nancy Wilson
13 months ago
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What a great addition to Greenfield. Good luck with all the plans.

MJ
$20
Mark a Jackman
13 months ago
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1
BM
$25
bill mowery
13 months ago
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1
MW
$20
Mid Wisecup
14 months ago (Monthly Donation)
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$79
Brandon Houseman
14 months ago
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Good Luck; I know it's needed!

MW
$20
Mid Wisecup
15 months ago (Monthly Donation)
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Dwayne Kinnison
16 months ago
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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.

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Bob Conley
15 months ago
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Are your donations taxductable?

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Doug Karnes
15 months ago

Bob, I am not operating this as a charity or non-profit so the donations are not tax deductible. Thanks for asking. Doug K

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Darlene Scaff Pence
15 months ago

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 ,,

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Jim Dement
16 months ago

I was the last person to paint the out side of building back in the 90s

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Kathy Hester
16 months ago

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.

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