Plans for courthouse hotel to preserve history of landmark

A boutique hotel coming to the center of Elizabethtown’s downtown received clearance Thursday from the city’s Historic Preservation Commission.

The hotel, which will honor the history of the former H.B. Fife Courthouse, is expected to have 25 rooms over three floors with a restaurant and bar on the third level, according to a presentation by representatives of Weyland Ventures.

“The third floor that was the old courtroom and judge’s chambers, that’s been carved up into offices,” said Ashlyn Ackerman, head of design Weyland Ventures. “When the county attorney was there, they did a wonderful job of sensitively putting those offices in there preserving the original ceiling, the original light fixtures, stained glass, so we’re really excited to bring those features back, preserve them and highlight them.

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