The Hotel Stilwell
A hotel that preserves the grandeur and mannerism of the late 1890s, The hotel was built before there were 50 states, and many of the dressings and furnishings reflect the era. Today, the hotel has been restored with many artifacts that visitors can peruse. Many famous Americans have stayed in the hotel, including Susan B. Anthony, Henry J. Allen, and Theodore Roosevelt.
Backstory and Context
On January 9, 1992, the Stilwell Heritage and Educational Foundations was incorporated as a non-profit organization to create a conduit for private donations to save the historic hotel from being demolished. A Limited Partnership was established during the 1995-1996 year, and financing was arranged for rehabilitation and restoration. Major construction was completed in 1996-1997. The Stilwell Heritage and Educational Endowment Fund invests with the Community Foundation of Southeast Kansas as a way to ensure that the hotel will have adequate funds for upkeep in the future.