The Manor House Inn: Vintage guest lodging made new

By: 
LAURA VALENTI FOR THE LACLEDE COUNTY RECORD

Once known as the Lenz Motel on Route 66 (or Lebanon’s Elm Street) the classic 1903 home has now re-opened as The Manor House Inn of Lebanon. Purchased in the early 1930s by William Lenz and his wife, Ethel, from her parents who had originally built it as a private home, William Lenz converted what was once considered a mansion into a motel. He and his wife operated the business from 1932 until 1975. Stories abound that in the early days as they were making various changes, itinerant craftsmen wandering the country during the Depression helped craft some of the woodwork, transoms, and original wall and ceiling mounted light fixtures that still grace the structure today.
Randy and Bronwen Palilla, owners of the Elm Street Eatery and Jason and Michelle Cochran, who is the general manager of the restaurant, are the owners of Lebanon’s newest guesthouse.
“We found bits and pieces of information about the history of the house,” Bronwen shared as she and Michelle conducted an impromptu tour of the historic treasure.

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