The Empire Hotel c. 1855

The Empire Hotel, spanning nearly an entire city block, is one of the chief examples of Beaux-Arts commercial architectural style.

The hotel was built shortly before the Civil War but was extensively enlarged and remodeled by Frank P. Milburn in 1907. Eleven visible bays are indicative of the building’s baroque treatment. The façade contains an array of motifs including rondels, ornamental frieze, modillion and dentil courses, quoins and pilasters. The Empire Hotel originally boasted a prominent loggia along Main Street with imposing concrete columns supporting a decorative roof. The ballroom was once topped with a pair of impressive domes - long vanished. The 100K square foot property has largely been empty in recent years, but today, plans are moving forward to restore this iconic structure into a boutique hotel, residential apartments, restaurant, and retail.

At completion, this turn-of-the century property will include:

  • Boutique Hotel: 25 luxury historic rooms
  • Grand Ballroom: original 1906 ballroom renovated into event space
  • Apartments: 38 residential units
  • Spa: Full-service spa and gym
  • Retail: Four to six retail spaces
  • Restaurant/Bar: 8000 Square feet of food service with historic bar

The development team is digging heavily into the details of the loggia feature to ensure it is recreated/restored.