19th century Worthington residence has storied past
649 High St.
Rensselear Cowles constructed the front portion of this building as a residence in the early 1830s. In 1842, Feodore Fuller purchased and enlarged it and, in 1852, sold it to William Bishop, who turned it into an inn named the Bishop House. The inn had several subsequent owners and names, including the Union Hotel, Hotel Central, and New England Inn.
After a 1901 fire, Nicholas Van Loon added a ballroom under a new mansard roof and a porch. The Hotel Central continuously served as an inn with a restaurant and lodgings, and since 1952, it's been known as the Old Worthington Inn. Today the downstairs is a tavern, while the upstairs rooms have recently been converted to condominiums.
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