Thursday, April 13, 2006

A 50-Room Hotel Rebuilt for Two - New York Times

A 50-Room Hotel Rebuilt for Two - New York Times: "Though the 12,000-square-foot building was close to collapse, they purchased it, for $31,500.
The hotel was boarded up, most of its paint gone. Inside, a former owner had shot the dining room full of bullets, and holes in the ceilings and roof provided enough light for a colony of mushrooms to sprout from the floor. 'You had to come in here with a flashlight,' Ms. Neighbour said. 'It was so nasty.'
The work ahead seemed daunting, but they figured they could tackle it at a leisurely pace. They told friends they had a 10-year plan for renovating the house. 'I don't think either of us realized it would actually be 10 years,' Ms. Neighbour said. "

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