Change in ownership for State House Inn

Nina Leone 2016

The State House Inn, located at 101 E. Adams in Springfield, is undergoing a rebranding as part of a recent ownership change. General manager Jerald Harris stated that the prior owners sold the hotel on November 8, 2017.

He explained that they are now owned by Packard Hospitality Group out of San Diego, California. “We’re branded as a Red Roof, but we are going to be known as The State House Red Collection,” he explained. “We’ll be one of two Red Collection hotels; the other one is in Chicago. We’ll still be an upscale type of hotel.”

The Red Roof website describes The Red Collection as “the first ever soft brand for Red Roof” and says it will feature centrally located hotels with modern, accessible, and affordable accommodations. The site does not yet list the Springfield location but states the first Red Collection hotel to open will be the St. Clair Hotel, one block from the Magnificent Mile in Chicago.

The State House Inn originally opened in 1961 but closed in 2000 while undergoing major renovations before reopening in 2003. In 2010, it became part of the Ascend Collection of hotels, although the ownership didn’t change. It was marketed as a historic hotel and the Governor’s Ballroom was added that same year, which became a popular venue for weddings and large meetings.

“The hotel is a very viable and important hotel for the downtown industry,” said Lisa Clemmons Stott, executive director of Downtown Springfield, Inc. “There’s a lot of legislative and association events that are held there, in addition to private events, so we’re glad there is an official deal and we look forward to working with the new ownership.”

While he is new to his current position, Harris said he’s actually been with The State House for nine years, and served as the interim general manager prior to the change in ownership. He stated that no significant staff changes were expected as part of the change in ownership.

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