The building was the home to more than a few different businesses through the years. Opening for business in 1899 with a mercantile, butcher, feed store and carriage house on the ground floor, and other business offices on the second floor, the building originally known as "Schmid Bros." began its colorful history. The Savital Grocery Store, occupying the space that is now the Ballroom, was the very first place Blue Bell ice cream was hand dipped and sold. But if walls could talk, it's those on the second floor at the west end of the building you'd want to listen to, as it was here that the wrestling ring was set up when the dance hall wasn't busy, or the high-stakes poker games were not underway.
But, the decline of the old Schmid Bros. Building reflected the decline of the area for a period of time, and by the late 1970s, most busnesses had moved away from downtown, opting instead for locations further away from the city center. A revitalization of the area began in the 1980s, and brighter days were in sight for the old building when it was purchased in 1991 by Tommy Traylor.
With a vision of the beauty past, and a passion for restoring buildings to their past glory, Mr. Traylor and his wife Pam set out to create an inn... a breathtaking sanctuary of style and grace never before seen between Houston and Austin.
It took Tommy and Pam three years to rehabilitate the building, and another three years to collect the antiques to furnish and decorate the rooms. The perfect couple to assemble such an inn, Pam, with her style and design, brought the colors, fabrics and shapes to the structure that Tommy had re-created.
The Ant Street Inn opened to great critical acclaim in the autumn of 1995. After operating the inn for over 16 incredible years, Tommy and Pam were ready to enjoy a very active retirement, and Suzy and Keith Hankins purchased the inn in December of 2011.
We believe our greatest challenge as innkeepers is to continue the legacy Tommy and Pam assembled, providing to our guests a comfort unsurpassed in a style and manner that reflects the grace of our community.