Ward Project

Ward Project

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The new hotel rooms are expected to be done around Thanksgiving. Photos courtesy of Connor Bockorny. 

Img 4643 LargeBig changes are coming to the Alonzo Ward Hotel.

The historic building will once again be used as a hotel. 18 rooms, as well as an exercise room for guests, will be ready for use around Thanksgiving time. Many original fixtures, such as chandeliers, have been retained. The first floor lobby’s look has been refreshed as well, while still maintaining its traditional style.

“We’re keeping the phone booths, the key cabinet, and the switchboard,” Jim Thares said. “It’ll feel like you’re back in the 20s.”

Roma Ristorante Italiano will be relocated to the newly-revnoated dining space on the west side of the building, with two new retail spaces planned for the side facing Main Street. The Finery on Main, a men’s retail and home decor shop, is located in one of these spaces.

“If we are going to grow as a community, we need to invest in it,” Jim said. “This will be a good way to revitalize downtown Abereen’s great atmosphere.” //—Annie Scott