Archer House

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Archer House
Type Hotels
Industry Accommodation & Food Services
Fate Dissolved
Founded Wooster, Ohio (1878 (1878))
Founder(s) A. M. Parrish, 1884s [photograph], F. H. Connell, 1894s, James Bevard and C. D. List (1900s circ), Parrish Garver, Dr. A. C. Smith
Headquarters Wooster, Ohio, United States
Number of locations 33 E. Liberty St., 201 E. Liberty St. 1915,[1]. Wooster, Ohio
Key people Daniel W. Packard, Proprietor; Dr. Garver, Administrator
Services Electric Light. Fine Sample Rooms. Steam Heat. Fire Escapes, Etc.
Archer House
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Image from the Wooster City and Wayne County Business Directory, 1884-1885. Shives, Merz & Shives, Compilers, Editors and Publishers, Wayne County Herald, Wooster, Ohio, 1884. R 917.71 W88 1884-1885
General information
Type Hotel
Architectural style American Corinthian; Italianate
Location Southeast corner of S. Buckeye and E. Liberty St.,
Address 33 E. Liberty St., 201 E. Liberty St. 1915,[2]. Wooster, Ohio
Town or city Wooster, Ohio
Country United States
Construction started 1878
Completed 1881 by Mr. Eber B. and L. Connelly
Destroyed 1966
Landlord A. M. Parrish, 1884s [photograph], F. H. Connell, 1894s, James Bevard and C. D. List (1900s circ), Parrish Garver, Dr. A. C. Smith
Height
Architectural American Corinthian style
Technical details
Material stone, brick, and iron, molded hoods over windows, wrought iron balconies above entrances, large pediment on Library Street, Cornice with 2 rows of bead and reel, Pilasters topped with brackets above roofline, Facade rounded at street corner, 8 Chimneys, Colorful awnings- owners response to summer heat
Floor count Basement 9ft ceiling, First floor 13ft ceiling, Second 12 ft ceiling, Third 10 ft ceiling, Attic 10 ft ceiling.
Design and construction
Architect D. Graham, Chicago, IL
Main contractor William M. Keyser, New Brighton, PA
Other information
Number of rooms 1884 Rates were $2.00 per day
Number of suites 48 rooms, 13 chamber/suites on 2nd fl, 21 suites & rooms on 3rd floor, whole house will accomodate 56 guests; 35, $2.00 per day
Number of restaurants 1 dining room for 100 guests
Facilities parlors, reception rooms, dining room and writing room. First-class culinary department.

Archer House hotel was constructed in 1878 on the southeast corner of S. Buckeye and E. Liberty Streets, on the site of the earlier wood frame Washington House tavern. The founders, tailor E. B. Connelly and his sister-in-law Melinda, named the establishment after Melinda's deceased son, Archer. Melinda Connelly later remarried to A. M. Parrish, with whom she would operate the hotel until her death. The property passed to heir great-grandson, on who's behalf it was sold to Dr. Alonzo Smith 1923. Archer House was finally purchased by Robert Freeman in 1964, and was razed in 1966. Today, a two story professional building stands on the spot.

During it's history, this building was the social center of Wooster. By 1900, the hotel had electric lights, steam heat, fire escapes and a fine "Sample Room" where salesmen could display their wares. Businessmen went out of their way to stay in this magnificent building. [3]"Downtown Wooster Walking Tour: South Side"

Locations[edit | edit source]

City Directories[edit | edit source]

  • 1884. Wooster City and Wayne County Business Directory, 1884-1885. Shives, Merz & Shives, Compilers, Editors and Publishers, Wayne County Herald, Wooster, Ohio, 1884. R 917.71 W88 1884-1885
  • 1894-1895 - Wooster City & Wayne County Business Directory
  • 1896 - Directory of Wooster, Ohio
  • 1900 - Wooster City & Wayne County Business Directory

Comprehensive History[edit | edit source]

When it was built in 1879, it was reported to be three stories 50 feet high at center front and a basement, had a plate glass front, 60 feet of frontage on E. Liberty street and 100 feet frontage on S. Buckeye street, and contained 50 rooms with all the modern improvements. Mr. D. Graham of Chicago, IL the architect, W. M. Keyser of New Brighton, PA the contractor, and brick work was sub-let to W. W. Smith of New Philadelphia, OH who manufactured his own brick at the County Fairgrounds. Samuel Metzler, of Wooster, OH was contracted for painting, and the lumber for the building came from the D. C. Curry & Co. in Wooster, OH.

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Historical documents[edit | edit source]

This building was erected in 1881 by Mr. E.B. and Mrs. L. Connoly, wife of the present proprietor, who took possession in 1883. This site has been occupied for hotel purposes for 50 years, the last house having been known as the Washington. As far back as 1828 all the principal elections were held here, and it was the stopping place for the stage coaches previous to the building of the railroads. The present structure is one of the finest hotel buildings in this section of the state, with all modern improvements. The house contains 35 finely furnished sleeping apartments, in addition to parlors, reception rooms, dining room and writing room. The culinary department is under the supervision of an accomplished cook, everything is first-class, and its rates are held at the popular and reasonable rate of $2.00 per day. Mr. A.M. Parrish, the proprietor, is widely known to the traveling public, and has had much experience in this department. [4]

Timeline[edit | edit source]

  • 1878 - Hotel constructed on southeast corner of S. Buckeye and E. Liberty Streets, on the site of the earlier wood frame Washington House tavern.
  • 1923 - Sold to Dr. Alonzo Smith
  • 1964 - Purchased by Robert Freeman
  • 1966 - Property razed

Gallery[edit | edit source]

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Business Letterheads[edit | edit source]

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Maps[edit | edit source]

Newspaper articles[edit | edit source]

Newspaper full-text articles[edit | edit source]

  • March 12, 1879: "Building Enterprise. Connelly's New Hotel on the Site of the Old Washington House", Wayne County Democrat, p. 3.


  • June 15, 1966: "The Archer-Hotel Wooster-Due To Come Down Soon, Was Busy Center Since 1878", The Daily Record, p. 30.


  • February 02, 1923: "Deal Renews Talk of New Larger Hotel: Expansion either to the South or to the East is Deemed Possible" by Unknown Author, The Daily Record, p..

Newspaper ads[edit | edit source]

1917[edit | edit source]

1918[edit | edit source]

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John D. Malloy, former landlord of the Archer House in Wooster and a former resident of Orrville, died Saturday evening from a stroke of apoplexy in North Star, Mich., where he was visiting relatives. Mr. Malloy had been a resident of Cleveland for several years after leaving Wayne County. The deceased is survived by his wife and one daughter, Mrs. Charles S. Beardsley of Cleveland. While a resident of Orrville Mr. Malloy ran a piano store. The funeral will be held Tuesday in Macebon, N.Y., near Rochester, Mr. Malloy's birthplace.

—Author Unknown, 
  • October 25, 1926: "John D. Malloy, Former Hotel Landlord, is Dead", The Daily Record, p. 3.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. Directory of Wooster and Bloomington, O. 1915.
  2. Directory of Wooster and Bloomington, O. 1915.
  3. Downtown Wooster Walking Tour: South side. Main Street Wooster. Wooster, Ohio.
  4. Annual Business Review of Wayne County, 1887.
  5. Wooster Republican. Wooster, Ohio, 1917-07-02, p. 4.
  6. Wooster Daily Republican. Wooster, Ohio, 1917-06-27, p. 5
  7. Wooster Daily Republican. Wooster, Ohio, 1918-07-09, p. 3
  8. Wooster Daily Republican. Wooster, Ohio, 1918-07-09, p. 4

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