Opened at the height of the oil boom, this three-story hotel presents a businesslike mien to the street with two-bay end pavilions projecting beyond a three-bay central section. Walls are faced with hard-pressed red brick, and all windows, which are paired above the first story, have sandstone lintels. A finely detailed brick cornice provides a handsome finish. The rather solid one-story entrance portico in front of the central section replaces a more delicate original porch.
Ephraim Wells, grandson of Charles Wells, built the structure as the Wells Hotel, the town's premier hostelry. When it opened, all twentyeight guest rooms were advertised as “furnished in first class style,” although some, for “state guests,” were decorated more richly than