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Changes begin at historic home to be converted to bed and breakfast

by Minden Press-Herald

From the outside, the home at 1114 Broadway, inside Minden’s historic district, looks no different today than it has for quite some time. But inside, changes are beginning to take shape.

“We’ve actually starting working on it, re-doing the floors…buffing and prepping and making preparations to really get them into first class shape,” Jimmy Hall, the Minden businessman who is purchasing the residence that has been known for years as the Rathbun House, said.

Hall said a closing date on the house, built in 1910, should happen within the next 10 days. Selling price on the residence is a reported $275,000. Hall says he plans to spend an additional $150,000 on extensive renovations inside, a parking area in the rear and landscaping.

“We will be painting inside, and we’re looking at different types of furnishings for each room,” he said. Our plans are to make the inside look like new without losing the charm of the house. And, we want to keep the historic appeal of the exterior.”

Ultimately, Hall plans to present a combination bed and breakfast and special events center. Events will include weddings and special occasion parties for large and small groups.

Hall’s efforts came to the public’s attention in August when he presented plans and received a zoning variance approval from the Minden Planning Commission despite well organized opposition from home-owners within the historic district and other interested local residents.

Hall won the right to move ahead with his plans when the Minden City Council at its September meeting denied an appeal which had been filed by opponents. Now, the yet-to-be-named venture is heading for an opening which Hall says will come in the near future.

“Hopefully we will be open for booking events in six months,” he said. “I’d love to be able to open a little sooner, but we’re making a big investment and we want to do everything right.”

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