Fred Schnier Building

Fred Schnier Building

The restoration of the historic Fred Schnier Building at 10 W. Second St. is nearly complete, according to co-owner Pat Peterson.

The two-story building, which will house local artist Bryan Haynes’ studio and gallery on the first floor and a bedroom rental and short-term rental/Airbnb on the upper levels, is set to open in early December.

Haynes will host an open house for his studio Nov. 19.

Peterson and her partner Diane Stolzer have been working on the building for nearly a year.

The building was erected in the late 1800s and listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2000.

Fred Schnier originally built the building where his sewing and tailoring business was run, Peterson said. It was owned by the same family for several generations. Most recently, a dentist used the space in the 1970s.

“We believe that we’ve brought back the storefront to what it would have looked like in 1883,” said Peterson, who applied for historic tax credits on the property. The program helps those who restore historic buildings with a 20 percent income tax credit available for the rehabilitation of historic, income-producing buildings.

Because of the historical status of the building, many of the replacements made, especially to the storefront, had to be with time-specific materials. For instance, one steel beam that was no longer “load bearing” because of a hole, needed to be replaced with a similar styled beam.

The historic restoration of the storefront covered almost every aspect possible, Peterson said. The work was done by Gildehaus Construction,

Peterson said the project started out as friends wanting to have a place to stay after visiting wineries, but quickly turned into a full blown historical restoration. Inside the building, a total overhaul has taken place. She said the only parts not replaced are the original staircase and the bricks in the building.

Peterson also rents residential properties in the St. Louis area, but said she’s never done a commercial building before. She hadn’t visited Washington before she and Stolzer purchased the property but said the town has charmed her.

“I’d never been here before. Since I’ve been coming down here every day the town has grown on me. It’s a really nice town and the people are really friendly,” Peterson said.