The Phelps couple get to work to save the historic Phelps Hotel


A Phelps couple want to restore the historic Phelps Hotel to its former glory.

Greg Mayo told the Finger Lakes Times he was working on renovations at the nearby DeBaere block and could see damage to the hotel’s roof. So he and his partner, Christy Howard, from Phelps, bought the hotel. Howard once worked as a waitress in the hotel restaurant to pay for her nursing education. She now works at the Clifton Springs Hospital. The restaurant closed in 2019, but its tables are fully set.

They paid $ 310,000 for the hotel, but estimate that it will cost between $ 600 and $ 800,000 to renovate it. The leaking roof has been repaired. Now Mayo says he will assess the damage to the three floors and come up with a plan. Mayo and Howard hope to receive grants to cover the cost of the repairs. The building is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and was named one of five to be revived in 2021 by the Landmark Society of Western New York.

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The hotel was built in 1867 by Lehman Hotchkiss, owner of the HG Hotchkiss Essential Oil Company in Lyon. The plan is to repair the lower floor, which first houses the restaurant, and then restore accommodation on the second and third floors.


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