New Owners to Restore Landmark Hotel in Harrison

HARRISON, AR - The historic Hotel Seville, a landmark in the north Arkansas city of Harrison, is to be renovated and the new owners hope to open for business by October 1.

The three-story landmark was built by Missouri speculators in 1929 when the city was a fast-growing town on a new railroad line that was moving timber, zinc and chickens.  The hotel is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Investors Jack Moyer and Don Alberson, both of Eureka Springs, are buying the property from Barbara Cole, who purchased the hotel in 2001 and opened the private Seville Club off the downstairs lobby.  The hotel has been used mostly as apartments for elderly tenants and as a gathering spot for those drawn to the private club.

Moyer declined to reveal the purchase price, but said that once renovation is complete, the investment will be $2.7 million.

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