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Historic buildings are all over Eureka, but it’s not everyday they get special attention and are revitalized. So for the historic Eagle House located in Old Town, to get new owners that are pouring their blood, sweat and tears into the century-old building is a considerable deal.
The Eagle House goes up four stories, covers an entire block and is 32,000 square feet. The main structure was built in 1888 and the second structure in 1901, then the two areas were connected in the 1980s with a fancy ballroom. The place has had at least four previous owners but is now in the hands of a group of locals with a big vision. It all started with event producer Jenny Metz taking a tour.
“I said to my husband, if this ever comes up for sale we have to find a way to buy it because it’s incredible, and it really was in need of some life being put back in it,” Metz said. “So a year or so later I stumbled upon an ad that it was for sale and called everybody up and said, let’s see what we can do here.”
So with loans from the Arcata Economic Development Corporation and the Redwood Region Economic Development Commission, Jenny and her husband Tim, along with her sister Rebecca Rex and her wife Tammy, teamed up to buy the building.
They have all sorts of plans in store, but recently completed upgrades to the building’s 23-room hotel, formerly the Victorian Inn now coined the Inn at 2nd & C.
In this LoCO Video Report we take you on a tour of the unique “Queen Anne style” Inn, which is full of french antique furniture and rare amenities such as a bright red spa bathtub with a golden swan faucet.
“Just the uniqueness and character, it’s incredible and every single person that walks through here almost every night says, wow! So there’s a really strong sense of pride being here,” said Rex.
Walking through the Inn is truly a blast from the past, but it also has modern additions, such as flat-screen TVs, iPod docking stations and a yoga studio. The ballroom was refashioned by Metz with various work from local artists, in-house made curtains and reupholstered booths that came from the Nocturnum nightclub.
And that doesn’t include behind the scenes. They’ve had to get new hot water heaters and wireless and electrical fixtures, repair the elevator, and pump water out from under the building. Soon they’ll get a new roof. But despite the ongoing list of to-do’s, the new owners are devoted to the historic building.
“Our mother is from England, we grew up spending our summers there, in old homes, so there’s a real comfort in that for me personally,” said Metz. “So I feel good about being here and also just seeing what we’ve done by bringing in the arts and culture to it. It just feels like a beautiful place to share with the community.”