The Neighbor recently checked in on the landmark’s first year with its new roof, period-style lighting fixtures and restored hardwood floors.
A team of preservationists completed four years of renovations in October 2012 and the building now includes event space which can be rented for about $400 a night.
Among the workers was City Councilman Gregory Rusch, who as the president of Rusch Home Interiors donated about $50,000 in interior design and consultation work.
“It was a great opportunity to save the building, which was an eyesore but is now the jewel of the downtown,” he said. “People are really amazed how great it looks and appreciative that we saved it. Some older folks had memories from 50 years ago of going in there. It’s our centerpiece for Palmetto.”
One of its attractions is a museum, with free admission and a collection that has grown from when it first opened.
“The museum has things that were donated by residents that have historical significance,” Rusch said. “It’s pretty well done.”
Information: (770) 463-3377 or www.cityofpalmetto.com.