The Pacific Hotel built in 1850 by Theron G. Yeomans became a business center for many salesmen stopping to show their merchandise. A stage from the hotel met each train that stopped at the Walworth Station, three miles from the village.
Twice a year yard goods’ salesmen arrived with material and patterns. A sales display was set up in a parlor of the hotel.
A good home cooked dinner was 25 cents, breakfast and lunch were 15 cents and a night’s lodging could be had for 75 cents.
In 1930, the Walworth Grange bought the building. When it was sold to a private owner, the Grange donated some of the money to the Walworth Historical Society toward a new building.
At various times, the hotel has housed a meat market, a barber shop, a hair salon, the U. S. Post Office, a feed store, and, most recently, a pool supply store.
Back in August, residents started to notice movement at the 3713 Main Street building that had been vacant for years. Rumors swirled. The first com ment was “Wow, Great!” Then comments turned to wonder.... “Is that really going to be that color?
Tim VanSchage and his son T.J. of
VanSchage Construction, located on Furnace Road in the Town of Ontario, began giving the old hotel a new life.
The color issue was one of miscommunication. When Tim brought a paint swatch to the store to match what he thought was “colonial blue”, the
color on the building was nearly purple.
“We realized it was not quite right. I took a new look around and found a lighter gray/blue color that seemed to be more what I wanted it to look like. We have now repainted and, with the bright white on the window trim, it is looking pretty good,” said Tim.
Tim admitted, there have been some issues – it was sitting there a long time, and was not in great shape. “We re- moved six fireplaces, and revamped the roof. We have now put in all new windows.”
The building was gutted and work began with drywall, electrical and, new water lines.
The plan for the building is to offer six 1-bedroom apartments, 3 up and 3 down. The apartments will have individual heat and air conditioning controls, a stackable washer and dryer in the apartment, sitting area/living room, bathroom with vanity and shower, bedroom, kitchen, and pantry and closets.
The old historic staircase was one of the items in great shape. “It is very sturdy and solid. The beautiful shape of it and the wood, once polished, will be a special feature to the top floor," Tim explained.
There will be room in the back of the building for 9 parking spots.
Tim and his son TJ are toying with the idea of adding a small coffee area to the front of the building for morning people to stop by for a quick cup, to go to at a small seating area. That has not yet been fully investigated. “We will see if this becomes
feasible. We really don’t want an area that requires servers. It would be more of a retail franchise coffee self serve area and maybe a few bakery items,” Tim surmised.
“We hear the building was on the market for 7-9 years. We did pay more than we expected, but I think we can make it pay off. It is better than a vacant building in town” said the contractor/ owner.
“We took out a lot a trees and brush in the back to clear an area for parking. Tim indicated that one of the downstairs rooms, might be a 2 bedroom space, if the layout works.
The way the work is going, Tim and TJ hope to have apartment space available for occupancy in February of 2022.