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Historic Minneapolis Hotel Partially Collapses

KSAL Staff - June 7, 2013 10:10 am

The two-story Parker House Hotel in Minneapolis, Kan., was built in 1887 and partially collapsed June 7.

The two-story Parker House Hotel in Minneapolis, Kan., was built in 1887 and partially collapsed June 7.

A building in Minneapolis partially collapses early Friday morning.

Minneapolis City Administrator Barry Hodges tells KSAL News that the northeast section of the historic Parker Hotel collapsed at around 6:00 Friday morning. There was no one inside the vacant building, which is located at the east end of Downtown Minneapolis, at the corner of 2nd and Sheridan Streets.

Hodges says that the collapse damaged a gas meter, which in turn caused a gas leak. Kansas Gas Service responded and took care of the leak without incident.

There were no injuries in the incident.

The Parker Hotel is a two story structure that was built in 1887 as a bank. It was re developed into Parker House Hotel in 1899. Operated by a woman named Elizabeth Parker, it had 26 rooms and a restaurant.

In the 1950s it was changed to apartments with the last person to rent leaving in 1989. Since that time a leak in the roof has caused damage to the back 30 feet of the building. An insurance company rented the front portion until 2008.

In May 2009 the Parker House Hotel was added to the Register of Historic Kansas Places.

Recently a group has been trying to raise funds to restore the facility.

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