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Abandoned Hotel Sterling: Some (dis)Assembly Required

“The advance state of disrepair the Hotel Sterling has fallen into in downtown Wilkes-Barre has local historians worried about its future.”---March 18, 2001 “The Valley’s Vanishing History”, CITIZEN’S VOICE


“In the past few months, other developers near and afar have shown interest in the hotel, (Alex) Rogers said. In addition, he added, residents, architects and others have offered to assist CityVest, which has secured the complex of buildings in an attempt to reduce further weather-related damage.” ---April 3, 2003 “Some Sterling Examples”, TIMES LEADER.


“The governor’s award of $3 million made it clear that we had sufficient capital to complete the project”, Alex Rogers, City Vest executive director --- December 1, 2004 “Sterling Gets Developer”, TIMES LEADER


“Federal investigators following up on a grand jury subpoena issued last week to the Luzerne County commissioners took possession Monday of hundreds of documents chronicling the failed rehabilitation of the historic Hotel Sterling in Wilkes-Barre, officials said.”--- December 7, 2011 “Feds Seize Hundreds of Hotel Sterling Documented”, TIMES LEADER


Now an eBook available on, "Welcome to the Zombie Hotel Sterling":


What can communities learn from the demolition of historic structures? Read “The Hotel Sterling: 5 History Lessons” at:


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Taken on February 12, 1912