The historic DeLand Hotel has changed hands. Meet the new owner.
DELAND — The historic DeLand Hotel has a new owner who already knows the hotel well.
Ian Curry is a restaurateur who for the past two years has leased space on the first floor of the boutique hotel where he runs DeLand Eatery.
“We just finished (purchasing the hotel) five minutes ago,” Carey said in a phone interview Thursday afternoon.
How much did it sell for?
Carey said he and his wife, Cassie, paid $1.4 million for the three-story, 1925 Prairie-style building at 422 E. New York Ave. The sale included another business on the first floor: a themed bar called DeLand Cocktail Company. The bar recently changed its name from Hemingway’s 442 Craft Cocktail Lounge.
The seller of the hotel and bar was Ross Jahnke who bought the property for $385,000 in 2016. The hotel at the time was known as the Eastwood Terrace Inn Bed & Breakfast.
Janke said the building was in poor condition when he bought it. He estimates he spent an additional $300,000 to $400,000 to carefully restore the property. Improvements included adding antique fixtures and furnishings throughout the building.
For example, the DeLand Cocktail Company includes period details like a 1935 cake chandelier that hangs from the ceiling, a triple-arched Brunswick aft saloon bar, and an 1895 solid oak front door with its original brass handles and handles. -Forged hinges and locks.
One of the unique aspects of the DeLand Hotel building is that it is designed in the style of legendary architect Frank Lloyd Wright, the father of Prairie-style architecture, Janke said. Most of the Prairie-style buildings of the early twentieth century were private residences and mansions.
Jahnke said he decided to sell the hotel to Carey because his interest is in restoring the historic property rather than operating it. He also volunteers his time as a member of the DeLand Historic Preservation Board.
“I’m not a restaurant/bar businessman. He is,” Janke said of Curry. “I’m more of a developer/conservative.”
Janke said he has already begun searching for another historic building in the area to restore.
New owner’s goal: “Keep it as healthy as possible.”
As the new owner of the DeLand Hotel, Curry said his goal is simple: “Just keep it going. Trying to keep it as authentic as possible and just a really great experience for everyone in the city of DeLand to come visit and be able to enjoy great food and great drinks in an authentic, historic atmosphere.”
What does DeLand Hotel offer?
The DeLand Hotel currently has 10 guest rooms on the first and second floors.
It also has a third floor that has been used for storage in recent years. Curry said he hopes to renovate the top floor to either add more hotel rooms or perhaps become extended-stay suites.
The DeLand also rents space to two other businesses on the first floor: Alley Cats Vintage Couture and an office for real estate broker Gail Waters.
How much does it cost to stay in the hotel?
Travel website Expedia.com on FridayNovember 10 It showed available rooms at the DeLand hotel at prices ranging from $146 to $170 per night. Many of them have been sold.
The cocktail lounge’s new name is a nod to DeLand’s founder
Curry acquired the 442 Craft Cocktail Lounge in Hemingway from Janke two months ago, although a sale has not yet been completed. He immediately changed the name of the cocktail lounge to the DeLand Cocktail Company.
“I wanted something more appropriate for Deland,” he said. “It’s a play on the name of Henry DeLand’s DeLand Chemical Company,” he said.
Henry Addison DeLand was a baking soda magnate who founded the city that bears his last name in 1876. He also founded what is now Stetson University seven years later. DeLand was incorporated as a city in 1882.
The restaurant serves “American fusion” cuisine.
Curry opened DeLand Eatery two years ago when he agreed to lease the space that was previously home to a restaurant called Twisted Chopstick. He describes his dishes as “American fusion” cuisine. “We offer very approachable food that is presented very well,” he said.
The DeLand Hotel, DeLand Eatery and DeLand Cocktail Company employ approximately 20 people combined.
It is officially recognized as a historical place
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The DeLand Hotel was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2019. It is listed on the register under its original name: “Eastwood Terrace Hotel.”
The hotel is the oldest in the city. It is located four blocks east of Woodland Avenue, the main thoroughfare in downtown DeLand.
Volusia County property records indicate the 27,070-square-foot building was constructed in 1900. Janke said that’s not accurate. The building itself was not completed until 1924. The hotel opened in the fall of 1925.
Tourism official welcomes the new hotel owner
Georgia Turner, executive director of the West Volusia Tourism Advertising Authority, which operates the West Volusia Tourism Visitor Center at 116 W. New York St. in downtown DeLand, welcomed the news that the DeLand hotel will remain in good hands. She said the boutique hotel was a great addition to the local hospitality scene.
“We at West Volusia Tourism are thrilled that Ian has purchased the hotel,” Turner said. “He has done a great job with DeLand Eatery and the beautiful bar. We look forward to working with him.”