The frame tavern that stood on this site in 1814 was replaced with this three-story brick hotel, built by Henry Stark, a prominent merchant. In 1860, the building was sold to Thomas Wall, who enlarged it and named it Wall's Hotel. Under Dewitt Graham, it became Graham's Hotel in 1890 and, finally, under Frank Prens, the Prince Hotel (1944). The hotel is a good example of commercial Greek Revival with two tiers of monolithic piers forming a recessed porch and balcony. Weighing nearly two tons each, the piers were carried to the site from nearby Nicholson. A rectangular cupola stood atop the hotel until sometime after World War II.
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