In 2010 the Downtown Development Authority of Nashville found themselves in unique situation. The Authority was the new owners of a 1935 art deco building. The Authority wanted to refurbish the building but did not have the funds to do so. The building is a two story art deco building sitting in the heart of Nashville's downtown community.
The Authority devised a plan to raise funds, open a new business and refurbish this 1935 property back to it's original integrity. The group would sell chances on the building for $100 each. Only 300 tickets would be sold. Covenants were created and rules for the drawing were established. The drawing would be a reverse drawing meaning the last ticket drawn would win the building. Tickets went on sale and folks poured in to purchase a ticket. A tickets was even sold as far away as California. The event day arrived and the drawing would be held publicly in the downtown park. The day of the event Mr. Terry Danforth a native of Berrien County came in to purchase a ticket. Dawn Morrison explained the process to Mr. Danforth. She said, "The last ticket drawn would win the building." Mr. Danforth's reply was, "Well, I will probably win it because my name is always the last to be drawn!" Sure enough Mr. Danforth's name was the last to be drawn and he and his wife Lisa were the new owners of this 1935 property.
Days later Mr. Danforth was still receiving offers from prospective business owners on the building. But Danforth turned every offer down. Danforth is a farmer and says he has never done a project such as this but says he has always wanted to do something like this. Per the covenants the Danforths had only a few months to decide what they were going to do with the property and get started with construction or the building would return to the Authority. After much contemplation the Danforths decided to create a new downtown hotel. There is not an upscale hotel in Nashville's downtown and the family felt this was a project that would meet the needs of the community. With help from the Better Hometown Organization and the Berrien Chamber of Commerce the Danforths surveyed the community's industries and businesses on their needs for a new hotel. It was indicated by these surveys that the community would support this new endeavor.
In May of 2012 the Danforth's opened their new hotel, Our Place Hotel. The hotel is described as a 5 star hotel with granite counter tops, brick pavers, wood floors and ceilings. The feeling in the hotel is cozy, relaxing and luxurious. The walls are brick, cypress wood and paint colors are warm. Old cedar beams on the second floor were salvaged and give character to the upstairs bedrooms and common areas. Bathrooms host large showers and have all the amenities of a five star hotel. Entrances are enhanced with huge, pecky, cypress doors hand made for the property. Rooms and common areas all have flat screen televisions. An iron balcony overlooks the historic downtown for patrons to dine or just enjoy a starry night. Hotel guest, Jodi Hogan said, "Staying at the hotel was an experience. The wood work is incredible and we felt like we were a million miles away. I would recommend it to anyone." Dawn Morrison, Better Hometown Director, Dawn Morrison said, "Mr Danforth has had a passion for this project since the beginning. He has put his heart and soul into this project and it has certainly paid off." The property was originally a jewelry store but has been empty for over 20 years. Mr. Danforth and his wife purchased their wedding bands at the jewelry store many years ago. Truly the right persons won this property.
Anyone wishing more information on Our Place Hotel please call Terry or Lisa Danforth at 229-686-4316.
Hours of Operation
Sunday: 9:00AM - 6:00PM
Monday: 9:00AM - 6:00PM
Tuesday: 9:00AM - 6:00PM
Wednesday: 9:00AM - 6:00PM
Thursday: 9:00AM - 6:00PM
Friday: 9:00AM - 6:00PM
Saturday: 9:00AM - 6:00PM