Concept for the Historic Colonial Hotel developed during a 2003 Ball State University community planning charrette in Meyersdale.
For 100 years the Colonial Hotel has been a major landmark in downtown Meyersdale, a small community tucked into the rolling mountains of Pennsylvania's beautiful Laurel Highlands. Opened in January 1904 the Colonial Hotel was by far the largest and most elegant of southern Somerset County's hotels. Dripping in graceful elements of the Colonial Revival style, the inn hosted everyone from coal miners coming to town for the weekend to world-renowned performers traveling on the Baltimore & Ohio Railroad. The hotel served the region until the 1970s.
In February 2004, Cheria Yost and Adam Thomas, with their company, Historitecture, L.L.C., purchased the Colonial Hotel with the intention of rehabilitating the building -- returning it to its place as the social center of Meyersdale. The multi-use redevelopment project will introduce new retail and residential units into the downtown, while faithfully restoring the grand exterior and interiors.
The successful restoration of the Colonial Hotel, however, will not be possible without the support and ideas of the people of Meyersdale and Somerset County, as well as visitors and those who simply love old buildings. This site provides you with an opportunity to share with the developers your own ideas and vision for the building. The business opportunities page provides a list of hotel-related spaces for Meyersdale-area entrepreneurs. As well, you can explore the history of the building, and browse historic and current images. The news and events page provides up-to-date information on the hotel and upcoming events at the facility. The links page provides online resources for Meyersdale-area related subjects. You can also find additional contact information for this project.
Visit often -- this site will change as the project progresses.
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