The Lewis Building in downtown Astoria, home of the Commodore Hotel and Street 14 Coffee, has been listed for sale at $2.3 million.
The building was purchased for $565,000 in 2007 by Paul Caruana, Brian Faherty and Lance Marrs. The partners spent $1.5 million restoring the building and in 2009 reopened the 18-room Commodore Hotel, shuttered since in 1964. Shortly after, Street 14 Coffee opened at the corner of 14th and Commercial streets.
The Lewis Building, on the National Register of Historic Places, was designed by locally famed Astoria architect John E. Wicks and built in 1925 after a fire gutted much of downtown three years earlier. The hotel originally opened as the Barton Inn in 1925 and changed to the Commodore Hotel in 1928.
Caruana and Faherty received a Dr. Edward Harvey Historic Preservation Award in 2009 for the restoration, along with recognition from the Oregon Heritage Commission. They have also restored the eight-story John Jacob Astor Hotel Building, the Shark Rock Building where the Astoria Co-Op Grocery is located and the Norblad Building.
The partners are looking for another structure to restore and are fine if the building doesn’t sell, Caruana said.
“It’s usually a love affair,” he said in 2014 about why he and his business partners enter a building. “It would probably be smarter to do them all based on the return on investment, but most of the buildings, a large amount of it is an emotional appeal.”