Posted Mar 18, 2018 at 1:01 AM
Historic Marion hotel recognized by House Beautiful
The recognition comes less than two years after owners Jeremy and Tammy Ensey purchased and further renovated the three-story 132-year-old landmark.
“Though it doesn’t stand tall, this boutique hotel in Kansas’ Flint Hills boasts a 19th-century limestone exterior that sets it apart,” the magazine reported. “Its Victorian ballroom and guest rooms transport patrons to another era, as will local attractions like the Marion County Courthouse and the Santa Fe Trail.”
The Enseys, who purchased the Elgin in 2016, learned of the honor in a congratulatory email from the Kansas Travel & Tourism Division.
The hotel between Wichita and Kansas City has attracted plaudits since built by Marion residents with lofty aspirations for their city’s future. A newspaper at the time called it “a monument to Marion’s glory and a common pride to citizens and its enterprising builders.”
The Elgin was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1978, after it was spared the wrecking ball and converted into apartment houses. The Enseys bought it from a couple who had completed a full renovation and transformed it into the bed and breakfast.
“Our community is forever indebted to previous owners, Jim and Nancy Cloutier for so accurately restoring this great landmark,” says Ensey. “We see it now as our role to tell the world of this place that so beautifully blends the nostalgia of the past with the luxuries of today.”
In addition to a 1,200-square-foot Victorian ballroom, the hotel (historicelginhotel.com) offers a conference room, library, and game lounge for weddings, meetings and gatherings as well as five living rooms, a verandah, a covered porch, and a fitness center. Its 12 suites feature leading-edge amenities such as ensuite bathrooms, docking stations, streaming TVs, and hot tubs.