Charles Hotel Loft Apartments
The Charles Hotel Building was built in 1912 by J. Allen Myers, originally housing Myers Hardware, a 3 story building/general supply store with an electric elevator to move supplies and wagons up and down. It was constructed entirely out of poured in place concrete and steel, and was billed at the time as Bryan's first "fire-proof" building at a cost of $13,440.
In 1939, Charles Myers converted the building into the 40-room Charles Hotel. Major renovations were done at the time, adding windows to each hotel room and the Art-Deco facade that is still present today. It remained a hotel/ boarding house until the 1980's when it fell into severe disrepair, housing only a Mexican restaurant on the first floor. Nothing from the original hotel rooms was salvageable in 2004 when Anderson Schaefer renovated the building into the 13 loft apartments that occupy the upper floors today. The first floor restaurant space and hotel lobby remain much like their original configurations, and the Art-Deco elements are still intact and noticeable today.
The loft apartments boast beautiful stained concrete floors, exposed ductwork, and original brick walls, contrasted by modern kitchens and bathrooms with granite counters, marble surfaces, and stainless steel appliances. Lofts range in size from 500-900 square feet and in price from $600-$950 month. Tenants enjoy short walks to the many downtown restaurants, shops, and nightspots, neighbor the Carnegie Library and LaSalle Hotel, and have great views of the Historic Downtown area.