Downtown Wabash Landmark Reborn

By Eric Olson

June 18, 2010 Updated Mar 11, 2010 at 3:18 PM EDT

WABASH, Indiana (Indiana's NewsCenter)--1920 was a good year in Wabash Indiana, the economy was booming and the decade of the Roaring Twenties was about to unfold. It was on that hopeful threshold that the Hotel Indiana threw open its doors on West Market Street May 6th, 1920. First class accommodations and street level retail space made the Indiana a cornerstone of Wabash commerce for decades.
But time was not kind to the Indiana. By the close of the 20th century it was a decaying boarding house and in 2004, hit the auction block. The once fabulous Indiana, however, has since been reborn.

“You feel the warmth of the lighting the chandeliers from the ceiling the ceiling tile,” says operations manager Kathryn MacMillan, “and all that you feel when you walk in is warmth and relaxation and luxury.”

A three year, 15 million-dollar renovation has restored the hotel to its period 1920’s look. Now the newly christened Charley Creek Inn sports the finest accommodations in the area, luxurious suites, complete with hot tub and fireplace. A gourmet restaurant, dubbed ‘The Twenty’ for its 1920’s theme. Downstairs, a spacious ballroom and upstairs, on the roof in fact, the ‘Cloud Club’, a glass enclosed function room beautifully decorated with a glorious view of downtown Wabash. The reborn inn has prompted other changes. Across the street the Eagles Theatre is about to undergo a renovation, helping transform downtown Wabash into something special.

“Somewhere to go to have dinner somewhere to go to see a show,” says MacMillan. “There’s a great coffee shop across the street lots of historic buildings lots of charm. There’s a fantastic state of the art museum so downtown Wabash is really becoming it’s own destination of sorts.”

A good thing in an economy where folks are staying closer to home, enjoying reawakenings of a hometown past. Eric Olson, out in ‘Your Country’.

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