An auction sign is currently in front of the history Grand Vandalia hotel as owner Virginia Howdeshell has plans to sell the landmark in an auction scheduled for 2 p.m. on Sunday, October 5.
Howdeshell lists the death of her husband as the reason for the public auction.
The Howdeshells purchased the hotel from the Smith family in the ‘90s.
According to the “Vandalia, Missouri: Queen of the Prairie” history book volume I, the two began a room-by-room renovation once it was purchased.
They reopened the hotel’s doors in 1998.
The 6,200 square foot brick, two story hotel and restaurant was built in 1906.
Past guests of the hotel included Joseph Hayes, a Broadway producer from New York, along with stars from the Midwest hit “Toby and Susie Show.”
“Here’s a great opportunity to be a part of the Historic downtown Vandalia,” as noted by an auctioneer with Thornhill Auction.
“This would make a great studio or antique mall, if you’re not interested in the restaurant area.”
“This is a first for our company. I’ve never sold a hotel, lock-stock and barrel at public auction to the highest bidder.”
The hotel at 112 W. State St. features on the main level a complete restaurant that seats approximately 45 plus an additional banquet room that seats 24-plus.
There is also a manager’s suite and public restrooms.
Many rooms at the hotel are now rented monthly residents from the area. Rooms are fully furnished.
Those wishing to purchase the hotel are required to provide 10% down on the day of sale with the balance of cash at closing on or before 30 days after the sale with possession at closing, subject to tenants.