The Kessler Collection, a portfolio of 12 artistically inspired boutique hotels, has purchased the historic Elks Building in New Bern, N.C. for $2.25 million with plans to develop the property into a 50-room boutique hotel.
Set to break ground in early 2023, the luxury boutique hotel will boast 1,500 square feet of meeting and event space, an intimate speakeasy on the lower level, and a specialty coffee shop and restaurant on the street level. The hotel will offer the brand’s signature accommodations with custom interior design and curated artwork, all while weaving in a thread of education throughout the hotel and guest experience.
The Elks Building remains an iconic landmark in the city, as well as New Bern’s tallest and most prominent commercial buildings. The 1908 Beaux Arts building constructed by the Elks fraternity has sat vacant and untouched for over a decade, and The Kessler Collection plans to breathe new life into the acquired building with a Bohemian twist on a boutique property.
The Kessler team will work with the development, design, and construction team for the next 12-14 months to finalize plans with an estimated completion date of mid-2024. Additionally, Kessler will work with the New Bern Historic Preservation Commission, State Historic Preservation Office, and the National Park Service for the historic preservation of the Elks Building.
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