Carrie Rengers

August 7, 2014

Old Town Suites becomes Swope Lofts

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WICHITA — The three-story red brick building at the southeast corner of Douglas and Washington is no longer going to be known for its position on the edge of Old Town.

Old Town Suites has gone back to its 1915 roots and is now known as Swope Lofts.

Sidney M. Swope built the building, which became a hotel in 1921.

"In honor of the 100-year anniversary, we switched it to the Swope Lofts," says Mark Steiner, who bought the property in 1993.

When Steiner purchased the 18,000-square-foot building, he renovated it for apartments and some commercial on the first floor. Original tenants the Aquarium in Old Town and Catholic Art & Gifts are still in the building.

In addition to now rebranding the property, Steiner says, "We're changing the theme."

He credits his son, Clayton, with the changes.

"Clayton, my son, has done a terrific job renovating these," Steiner says. "It was kind of his idea to rebrand all this."

Clayton Steiner began managing the property last year, and Steiner says his son is creating an industrial, modern design in the building.

"He's exposing all the brick and all the original hardwood," Steiner says.

Clayton Steiner also is taking out ceilings to expose wood beams, and he's renovated the lobby.

Steiner says so far they've redone about five apartments and are doing more as they come open.

"We're having a terrific response to it."

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