MINNEAPOLIS, Kansas – Anne Wallace has ties to the old Parker House Hotel that date back to the late 1940s.
She and her husband ran the coffee shop, serving up to 75 people at a place that was once known as a Minneapolis hot spot.
“I had to have an extra waitress at all times to take care of it while I was making pies,” said Wallace.
Other longtime residents like Phyllis Brown have memories of the hotel itself.
“There was an apartment in one of the lower floors that had lavender bathroom accessories to it, the tub, toilet and everything,” said Brown.
But as extravagant as the building once was, there’s not much left now.
Construction crews continued demolition of the 125-year-old structure Friday afternoon.
Part of the building collapsed last month, and despite efforts to save it, the Minneapolis City Council chose to spend more than $76,000 to tear it down.
Former employees like Wallace say they are sad to see the historic structure go, but feel it’s in the city’s best interest.
“I have to know that it’s okay,” said Wallace. “It’s the best thing for it because of safety for the people in Minneapolis, and it’s on a very busy street.”
Even with safety as the number one concern, others say it will take some getting used to.
“Just the fact that there will be an empty spot there you know, and they’ll always say that’s where the old hotel was,” said Brown.
While the staple in Ottawa County will no longer be standing, several residents are hoping they will get to take a piece of history, like a brick, home with them.
The building was erected in 1888 as the Corn State Bank and became the Parker House in 1899.
The hotel was added to the Register of Historic Kansas Places in 2009.