After the Psychic Temple, which was valued at $35,000, was purchased in the wake of scandal and via auction by Anna Sewell for $2,910.09. She renamed the American Hotel, and the narrow spaces where Dr. D.W. Price’s “psychic healing” took place became rooms for rent with shared bathrooms at the ends of each floor.
Most of the dividing walls will be removed during the remodel to make space for a creative offices with a more wide-open feel. The bathtubs will be removed and the stairs will be widened. But in the meantime, we will continue to document the building’s colorful and sometimes even unsavory past in this blog.