Eldridge Hotel Rehabilitation

Client: Private Developer

Location: 701 Massachusetts Street, Lawrence, KS

Use: Hotel

Size: 55,000 s.f.

Completion: 1987

As Project Designer for the 1987 rehabilitation of the historic Eldridge Hotel in downtown Lawrence, KS, Stan Hernly (President of Hernly Associates, Inc.) created the guest suite configurations on the upper levels and designed the restoration of first floor spaces to their original uses. This rehabilitation project, one of the first to utilize Federal Preservation Tax Credits in Lawrence, saved the building from its derelict status as a cheap apartment-house and added fuel to the fire for historic preservation on Massachusetts Street. Without the historic Eldridge Hotel as an anchor, redevelopment in the downtown area may well have taken a turn toward demolition and replacement rather than toward preservation, restoration, and rehabilitation.