Historic Kansas Hotel Collapses

By: AP (Posted by Josh Mabry)
By: AP (Posted by Josh Mabry)

MINNEAPOLIS, Kan. (AP) _ A vacant, historic hotel has partially collapsed in central Kansas.

A section of the Parker House Hotel in downtown Minneapolis collapsed about 6 a.m. Friday.

Minneapolis City Administrator Barry Hodges told KSAL (http://bit.ly/12wqLk9 ) that no one was inside the building and there were no injuries outside. The collapse caused a brief gas leak that was shut off by Kansas Gas Service.

The two-story Parker Hotel was built in 1887 as a bank and remade into Parker House Hotel in 1899. It was converted to apartments in the 1950s and the last tenant moved out in 1989. An insurance company rented the front portion until 2008.

The hotel was added to the Register of Historic Kansas Places in 2009 and a group was raising funds to restore it.

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Information from: KSAL-AM.


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