Union Hotel Renovation

This is the beginning of an adventure into the past. It is not for the feint of heart; in fact, the interior is downright scary. My wife and I intend to renovate this hotel and make it our home with as much old west charm as we can keep. Since it’s an historically listed building, the exterior has to remain as original as possible. The interior can be completely changed by code but we want to keep the original layout intact as much as possible.


This is the saloon looking out toward Main St. Before renovation starts, all the trash and abandoned belongings from the last tenants have to be removed.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe master suite upstairs is in serious need of repair with water damage and up to five layers of wallpaper on top of decaying plaster. This is typical of the entire second floor.


The back yard is a jungle of junk.


This photo is of Charlie Gruber’s hearse at his funeral. He owned the Union until his death in 1886.

Author: Dusty

I'm a 5' 8" tall ape descendant with an interior design degree and a love for antiques and vintage architecture. I recently escaped from the IT world to follow my dreams and a beautiful damsel who shares my love of old buildings no matter how much dust is involved.

11 thoughts on “Union Hotel Renovation”

  1. Wow. Lots of work to be done. Love the stove! Looking forward to updates as time goes by.

  2. It looks like a ton of work but I envy you in a way. I hate to see old things discarded and love when someone is willing to breathe new life into antiquities large and small. I guess that is why I tool around in a 1963 MGB.
    I wish I lived close enough to help you but if you ever just need an encouraging word, you know where to find me.
    FWIW… I, just a few weeks ago, attended the dedication of 10 units of housing born out of a circa 1900 convent we did with Habitat for Humanity. It was moving to see this beautiful old building have a second life as quality living space for 10 hard working families! Get to it and keep us updated.

  3. I can’t wait to watch the progress as you go along. It will be fascinating to see the old restored. On the outside, is it just the red surface that is the hotel or are the white attached buildings included?

  4. This is so perfect! How exciting. I’m looking forward to seeing what you all do with it. Have you found any historic photos?

  5. I am hoping you will post a picture of the two story outhouse. That is a must see for all of us! Thank you for sharing this journey with the community!

    1. There is an old picture of the outhouse but the image does not belong to me so I’ll have to ask permission to post. The outhouse is no longer at the hotel. Sometime back in the late 40s or early 50s, the outhouse was sent to Hollywood as a joke. It was strapped to a flatbed truck with a big red ribbon around it.

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