Historic hotel spic and span after leaky toilet damages rooms, library

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The Ned Willis Library in the Hotel Pattee suffered water damage in the recent leakage event and is undergoing repair.

A broken and leaking pipe in the Japanese Room 316 of the Hotel Pattee affected as many as six rooms in the 100-year-old landmark.
A leaking toilet above the Chinese Room 216 of the Hotel Pattee affected as many as six rooms in the 100-year-old landmark.
The Chautauqua Room 216, lying directly below the broken pipe, sustained extensive damage last week.
The Chautauqua Room 316 sustained extensive damage last week when a leaky toilet flooded it and the rooms below.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A leaking toilet in the Hotel Pattee’s Chautauqua Room 316 went undiscovered for several hours last week, causing significant damage to the room and the one below it, the Chinese Room 216, as well as harming the Ned Willis Library and the seating area of the Interurban Lounge.

In all, six rooms sustained damage in the 100-year-old Perry landmark, but the hard-working Hartzes had these reduced to two in short order.

“It was quite a mess,” said Denise Hartz, owner of the hotel with her husband, Jay Hartz. “It’s been a long couple of days.” The leakage was discovered March 30.

Hartz said the flooring in the Chautauqua Room was ruined, and the ceiling and floors in the room below it were also badly damaged. She said a local cleanup and repair company was called in for the mop-up operation.

“It was 95 degrees in there while it was drying out,” she said. Holes were drilled in some walls and floors, she said, and wallpaper was painstakingly separated from surfaces in an effort to preserve as much of the original decor as possible.

Master woodworker Joe Warnock of rural Perry will repair the wood floor of the library, Hartz said.

The boutique hotel was restored and remodeled in the mid-1990s, when about $10 million was invested in the building by Perry native Roberta Green Ahmanson and her husband, Howard F. Ahmanson Jr., heir to the Home Savings bank fortune.

A portion of the Interurban Lounge was temporarily blocked off after a water leak on the third floor of the Hotel Pattee worked its way into the ground-floor lounge. The bar was reopened after thoroughly drying out.
A portion of the Interurban Lounge was temporarily blocked off after a water leak on the third floor of the Hotel Pattee worked its way into the ground-floor lounge. The bar was reopened after thoroughly drying out.

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