Indiana Landmarks says the revival of Delphi’s historic Opera House has helped spark the renovation of a nearby hotel. After completing initial repairs, the Delphi Preservation Society has sold the Crosby Hotel to a partnership of preservation advocates.
The Delphi Opera House reopened in 2015 after a more than $4.3 million expansion and restoration project. The effort involved nearly doubling the size of the venue and fully restoring the stage, original windows and wallpapers.
The opera house previously leased the hotel’s fourth floor for dressing rooms. The Delphi Preservation Society purchased the Crosby in 2011 and performed exterior repairs through the state’s Stellar Communities program. The organization also donated a preservation easement to Indiana Landmarks, giving that group the legal right and obligation to protect the hotel from demolition or changes altering its historic character.
The partnership, called Delphi Square Partners, is considering a ground-floor restaurant with guest suites on the upper three floors. It has already installed a new roof, repaired masonry and cleared out debris.