THE PALACE THEATRE
GREENSBURG GARDEN
& CIVIC CENTER
GREENSBURG AREA
CULTURAL COUNCIL
PNC TRAIN STATION
AT GREENSBURG
STARK/JAMES BUILDING
UNION TRUST BUILDING
 
 

The Stark Hotel, as it was named from its opening in 1889, catered to increased traffic from a variety of new visitors to Greensburg. These visitors included "drummers" or traveling salesmen who arrived in town, rented a room, rented livery from one of the many livery stables in town, and went out into the surrounding communities to sell their wares to company stores, rural residents and door-to-door.

Hotels such as the Stark also benefited from Greensburg's growth as a cultural center. A number of "opera" houses, and theaters were built during this period creating additional demand for rooms for traveling troupes and theater patrons alike. The increased activity for the Westmoreland County Courts also created the need for additional rooms.

It appears that the Stark Hotel underwent a few name changes during its history. It opened as the "Stark Hotel" in 1889. Sometime after the First World War, its name was changed to the "Merchants Hotel" and then in 1951, it again was renamed "The New Merchants Hotel". Throughout much of the 50s and 60s until its closing, the hotel was essentially a rooming house.

The Stark Block restoration project began in 1996 when the Werrin Family generously donated the office building located at 33 West Otterman Street to the Westmoreland Trust. In the fall of 2000, the owners of the adjacent Stark Building, approached the trust with a proposal to sell the property. After evaluating the property and considering how it would fit into the Trust's mission and plans, the Board of Directors approved the Stark Building's purchase in 2001.
 

 
 

Greensburg Community
Development Corporation

41 W. Otterman Street, #520
Greensburg, PA 15601
724.689.0040

Greensburg News Company
39 W. Otterman Street
Greensburg, PA 15601
724.837.5595

Lawyer's Abstract
35 W. Otterman Street
Greensburg, PA 15601
724.834.2822
www.lacwest.com

Parametric Technology Corporation
41 West Otterman St  Suite 310
Greensburg PA  15601
724-836-8800
www.ptc.com

Seton Hill Center for Family Therapy
41 W. Otterman Street, #510
Greensburg, PA 15601
724.552.0339
www.setonhill.edu


  For Information on Leasing Space: Call 724.836.1123
WESTMORELAND CULTURAL TRUST + 102 N. MAIN STREET, SUITE 232 + GREENSBURG, PENNSYLVANIA 15601 + 724.836.1123