August 15, 2017

Lewiston's Agora Grand Event Center goes on the market

Photo / Agora Grand Event Center
Photo / Agora Grand Event Center
The Agora Grand Event Center in Lewiston, which opened in April 2016 in the completely refurbished former St. Patrick's Church, has been listed for sale with an adjacent boutique inn.

The owner of the Agora Grand Event Center in Lewiston and neighboring inn is selling the properties for $1.2 million.

The Lewiston Sun Journal reported that owner Andrew Knight has listed both buildings with Malone Commercial Brokers of Portland.

He told the newspaper that his plans were fluid and that he could end up selling just the event center — the former St. Patrick's Church that he refurbished into a wedding venue and event center — and keep the inn, the church's former rectory that he opened as a boutique inn in March 2015.

Or, he might decide to keep both properties if the right partner comes along who'd be interested in managing the events center, the newspaper reported.

According to Malone's listing, the inn is an 8,548-square-foot mansion built in 1850 by Capt. Albert Kelsey. It opened as the Inn at the Agora with five suites and two additional rooms for expanded suites. The innkeeper's quarters are located on the third floor and the former rectory has been fully renovated with new HVAC, fire alarm and sprinkler system.

The Agora Event Center opened in April 2016 after Knight refurbished the 14,487-square-foot church built in 1880 in Neo-Gothic architectural style and designed by Patrick Keeley (designer of the Portland cathedral). The church had closed in late 2009, according to Malone's listing.

Renovations include new HVAC, fire alarm and sprinkler systems, custom lighting and sound systems, commercial kitchen, flooring, bar and lounge (with $150,000 in unused state and federal tax credits).

The listing touts its "historic charm and priceless artifacts including: rose window and other stained glass, honeymoon/guest suite in tower, Harry Cochrane painting, incredible wood and stone work, ornamentation and intricate detail."

The city's 2016-17 property taxes for the two properties, based on a combined assessed value of $337,250, totaled almost $9,300, according to the listing.

Knight told the newspaper that the inn and event center are booked through 2017.


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