HPI salutes The Whitney Hotel during national historic preservation week

 
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The Whitney Hotel in downtown Columbus exemplifies notable success in historical preservation. During National Historic Preservation Week, May 12-19, 2001, Heartland Properties, Inc. and the City of Columbus saluted the Historic Whitney Hotel Apartments with the unveiling of a plaque recognizing the contributions of the historic hotel to the City's heritage.
Attending the May 18th ceremony are Anne Donahue, Columbus City Clerk and Secretary of CDDC/Main Street (first from left), Mike Eisenga, Mayor of Columbus (second from left), Hoyt Pace, Asset Management Analyst for HPI, Susan Stare, Vice Chair of the Historic Landmark & Preservation Commissions and Heidi Poser, Treasurer of CDDC/Main Street and the original manager. Anne Donahue, Mike Eisenga, Hoyt Pace, Susan Stare and Heidi Poser
Investments by Heartland Properties, Inc. and the Columbus Downtown Development Corporation made possible the 1991 restoration of The Whitney Hotel. Today it is a tribute to the rich heritage of Columbus and provides needed housing and retail space downtown.
"We are proud to be a part of a community effort in preserving Columbus," says Hoyt Pace, representative of Heartland Properties at the ceremony. "Preserving landmarks demonstrates a commitment to future generations and a strong respect for the past. At Heartland Properties, we're dedicated to facilitating economic development and meeting the needs of growing communities without compromising local heritage. We believe a community's history is the one element that makes it unique, and the buildings that date back to its beginnings are often its most defining legacy."
The Whitney housed the first hotel, general store and saloon in the City of Columbus. Over the years, the hotel boasted different names and owners, but all provided a first class hotel, restaurant and ballroom space. In 1950, the building fell into disrepair. Continued decline led to likely demolition in 1990. In 1991 Heartland Properties helped local citizens create the Columbus Downtown Development Corporation to save this permanent Main Street building. Today the Whitney provides affordable housing for eight households and 1,570 square feet of downtown retail space for local businesses, including the Daily Citizen.

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