Republic Hotel/Collins Building

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Built: 1885 | Abandoned: N/A
Status: Demolished (2017)
Contributor: Kansas Preservation Alliance

Nominated by Belleville Main Street, Inc., this 1886 brick and timber framed structure was once a bustling railroad hotel located just off the town square in downtown Belleville.  Belleville has often been referred to as the Crossroads of America, as it sits at the juncture of Highways 36 and 81.  The twenty-two hotel rooms on the upper floor of the building, which are largely still intact, were often full of railroad and highway travelers.  The building currently houses three businesses on the lower level, which are very important to the community.  While the basic structure of the building is in apparently good condition, the interior of the building and the exterior facade are in a state of disrepair with areas of masonry on the front facade in danger of falling.  The owner has recently installed a new roof, but numerous others repairs are necessary to preserve this important building, and the necessary funds for this work are not available at this time.

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