Wabash, Ind., inn opens Huntington University-themed guestroom

Becker Hall 1897HUNTINGTON, Ind.— Standing as a proud symbol of the 1920s, the historic Charley Creek Inn in Wabash, Ind., has been refurbished and reopened to help anchor a revitalized downtown. As a part of those renovations, a Huntington University-themed guestroom was created to celebrate the connections between neighboring communities.

The guestroom, Room No. 309, features historic and contemporary images of the university. Among the images on display is the 1897 photo of the Administration Building, the university’s first building. Bishop Milton Wright, father of Orville and Wilbur Wright, laid the cornerstone on this building, which is now known as Becker Hall. The room also features a photo of the 1901 orchestra, the 1903 football team, the 1913 basketball team, a chemistry lab in the early 1920s and other historic and contemporary photos of the campus and its students.

“Huntington University is very honored to be represented and highlighted in this historic hotel,” said Dr. G. Blair Dowden, president of Huntington University. “This restored facility is truly a landmark again. The Charley Creek Inn has become a true anchor of a revitalized downtown Wabash.”

Richard Ford, of Ford Meter Box Co., has been the driving force behind the Inn’s redevelopment, and invited the university to provide historic and contemporary photos to display in one of the guestrooms.

“The students I met at Huntington University were so sharp and so serious. I was very impressed,” Ford said of his first visit to the campus.

A reception for the Huntington University Board of Trustees was held on May 5 and marked the grand opening of the HU-themed guestroom.
Huntington University is a comprehensive Christian college of the liberal arts offering graduate and undergraduate programs in more than 70 academic concentrations. U.S. News & World Report ranks Huntington among the best colleges in the Midwest, and Forbes.com has listed the university as one of America’s Best Colleges. Additionally, Princeton Review has named the institution to its “Best in the Midwest” list. Founded in 1897 by the Church of the United Brethren in Christ, Huntington University is located on a contemporary, lakeside campus in northeast Indiana. The university is a member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU).


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