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Early 1900s Wood Frame hotel for sale in Downtown Buffalo, KY

The Feedman calls the price of the South LaRue County, KY landmark a pittance, at just $47,000.
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By Kenny Browning, The Feedman

McClain Hotel, Located on Hwy 61 in Downtown Buffalo, Kentucky:

Have traveled past the building in the linked photo three to five times a week for several years now, and have just got around to posting a photo of it. Up until the Hotel sign was hung I had no idea that it was once a hotel, much less listed on the National Historic Register of Historic Places.

A considerable amount of time and effort was spent this past year restoring the front facade and lower floor. Makes one wonder why a for sale sign went up recently. I'll help with the advertising: for a mere pittance of $47,000, you can purchase a piece of history. A wooden frame hotel dating to the early 1900''s is hard to find!

For those into the particulars of its Queen Anne influences, it follows:


Section number _7__ McClain Hotel Page # 1
:"The McClain Hotel is a gable-front, five bay, asymmetrical plan, two storyframe building built ca. 1908. The exterior of the building has notbeen altered with the exception of a very small shed roof wing added onthe rear facade ca. 1970. The building was designed with Queen Anneinfluences and occupies a large urban lot in the community of Buffalo.There are no outbuildings.

"The McClain Hotel has a gable roof of rolled asphalt roofing, a brickfoundation, interior brick chimneys, and weatherboard siding. On the main(N) and east facades is a one-story shed porch which retains originalIonic porch columns. These columns are grouped in pairs or sets of threeand rest on original paneled frame piers. Beneath the porch is a brickfoundation with an open weave pattern. The main entrance has an originalsingle light glass and wood paneled door. Secondary entrances also retainoriginal single light glass and wood doors. Windows are original one over-one rectangular wood sash with projecting wood cornices.

"On the main facade is a two-story projecting bay and a similar bay islocated on the east and west facades. In the east bay of the first storyis a single light diamond shaped window. In the gable field of the mainfacade is a Palladian motif attic window with an arched one-over-one sashwindow flanked by rectangular sash windows. The gables on the east andwest facade contain one-over-one sash windows. Decoration on the upperfacade is limited to milled vergeboard panels at the eaves.

The interior of the building has not been significantly altered andretains much of its original layout. The first floor has an Eastlakeinfluenced staircase with a milled newel post and balusters. This flooralso has original pocket doors with milled surrounds and bulls eye cornerblocks. The upper floor is divided into numerous rooms which retainoriginal four and five panel doors and milled surrounds.


"The McClain Hotel is significant under criterion A for its associationwith early 20th century commerce in Buffalo. The building is the onlyremaining early 20th century hotel building extant in the county and ithas not been significantly altered. The building is also a notableexample of a gable front, Queen Anne influenced structure of the period.

This hotel building was constructed for C.E. Keith following his purchaseof the lot in November of 1908. The original name of the hotel is unknownbut may have been known as the Keith Hotel. The hotel was constructedfacing the Louisville and Nashville Turnpike and was one of at least twohotels which served travelers in Buffalo during the early 20th century.

The Keith family operated the hotel until 1923 when it was purchased byJ.H. McClain. The McClain family operated the hotel until 1945 except fora brief period in the 1920s when it was owned and operated by C.H. Dixon.It is unknown when the building ceased operation as a hotel and became aboarding house. The building is presently used to house apartments and aretail store on the first floor.

The McClain Hotel retains its original architectural character and is theonly surviving pre-1940 hotel building in the county. The BeauchampHotel, which stood one block to the east, was razed in the 1960s." From the National Register of Historic Places-KENNY BROWNING, The Feedman, Marion County, KY.

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Scenic South LaRue Co., KY: Historic McClain Hotel

2012-02-04 - Main Street, Downtown Buffalo, LaRue Co., KY - Photo by Kenny Browning, The Feedman.
The Feedman passes this house several times a week, but just recently got a chance to add this photo to his impressive photographic catalog of Distinctive Kentucky Landmarks. It's a 1900's wood frame structure, the McClain Hotel, an imposing building in Downtown Buffalo, KY, which is now for sale for $47,000, The Feed notes in this picture Seen in the ColumbiaMagazine group on Flickr. If you go Take KY 61/Dakota Meyer Highway north and continue KY 61 past the Jane Todd Crawford House, then through restored Historic Greensburg, KY, on through Summersville, Bloyd's Crossing, Allendale, Mt. Sherman, and, according to Google Maps, 41.2 miles from Downtown Columbia, KY, a trip of 52 miles, you're in Buffalo, LaRue County, KY. The big house is on the East Side of KY 61.

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