Cressy Commercial Real Estate and Mno-Bmadsen, the non-gaming investment arm of the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians, announced that the historic Hotel Elkhart located in Elkhart, Indiana, has opened. Cressy Commercial Development is the contractor on the project; interior design is provided by Interior Image Group; architectural services by Joseph A. Dzierla and Associates; branding by Heart+Matter Brands; and pre-opening and post-opening hospitality operations management by Cornerstone Hospitality.
After over two years of construction and delays due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the property will reopen as a hotel again after 98 years. The 93-room hotel is located in the historic Elkhart downtown on Main Street and joins Tapestry Collection by Hilton. The building was originally constructed as a hotel in 1923 and during this time, it served as a hub for business leaders, travelers and even some notable people in history such as Ed Sullivan and Robert Kennedy. The building functioned as a hotel until the early 1970s and then was utilized as an office building and apartment complex. It has also housed several different restaurants and retail spaces over the years.
Great care has been taken to preserve much of historical elements of the building, including the plaster ceilings in the lobby with intricate relief moldings, the terrazzo floors on the first-floor lobby and food and beverage spaces, along with the ballroom ceiling and cornices and the second-floor mezzanine windows, which have all been restored.
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