NICK TOMECEK / Daily News
DeFUNIAK SPRINGS — One of the city’s most noted buildings and a centerpiece to its historic district is for sale.
Owners Tom and Pam Hutchins placed Hotel DeFuniak, the two-story, 12-room hotel at Eighth Street and Nelson Avenue, on the market about two months ago.
“It’s time to pass the baton to another entrepreneur who’s at that point in their life when they want to take on a challenge and be a part of this town,” said Tom Hutchins, who plans to retire with his wife to Georgia.
The Hutchinses, who have owned the hotel for about 10 years, are asking for $1.6 million.
The Hotel DeFuniak building was built in 1920 to be the home of Masonic Lodge 170. However, the Masons lost the building in 1934 to foreclosure.
A pharmacist purchased the building and converted the second story into a rooming house.
The building had fallen into disrepair by the mid-1990s and was purchased by six families from the DeFuniak Springs area. They completed a major renovation and reopened it as Hotel DeFuniak in 1998.