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New B&B brings more lodging to downtown Hannibal

A new bed and breakfast is coming to downtown Hannibal, and officials at the Hannibal Convention and Visitors Bureau [HCVB] said it’s part of a recent trend of more downtown lodging and living space.

“I bought it in 2008 and I knew when I saw it I wanted to re-do these top 2 floors, the building was built in the late 1800’s and I always had a vision that I would love to turn it in to a rooming house because that’s what it originally was, ” said owner of the future Travelers Rooming House off main street in Hannibal Barb Crane.

Crane said this project was very important to her, so when she teamed up with Curt and Kim Lieberman, co-owners of Patriot Painting on the project, she was glad they shared her vision.

“Barb first approached us about doing the job, our main goal was to help her fulfill her dream, and she wanted to kind of keep the integrity of the building and make it something special for downtown Hannibal,” said Kim.

So since last January they’ve been working hard to make Crane’s vision come to life.

Officials at the HCVB say new lodging like this is part of a larger trend in downtown Hannibal

“It’s really been part of the great change that has come along through the past ten years, past decade, really people taking advantage of all of the space that they have,” said Megan Rapp of the HCVB, talking about the increase in the amount of downtown lodging and living spaces, and it’s something that makes visitors more excited about visiting downtown, meaning more foot traffic for businesses, “it’s really added to the vibrancy of the down town.”

The Lindermans said they’re proud to be a part of such an exciting creative project.

“People are going to come in, stay in one room, and not be able to wait to stay in another, it’s that much fun just being here, so it’s been a pleasure being a part of it and we’re proud of it,” said Curt.

And Crane says you can come see it all for yourself on the 22nd of this month at their open house.

The travelers rooming house plans to open the second week of January. Officials at the HCVB said there’s about 800 rooms in Hannibal altogether.

Frank Healy

Multimedia Journalist at WGEM

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