From the shuttered lobby of the 102-year-old Hotel Kaskaskia, Nathan Watson began ascending a stairwell.
He stopped between the fifth and sixth floors, looked out a window and pointed to an attached apartments and garage to the west. Leaking clay tiles on the garage roof have been replaced with metal coping, he said.
Watson, general manager of real estate development for CL Enterprises, kept climbing stairs, past the sixth and last floor of the La Salle landmark. He entered a small room that housed a massive iron water tank that once served the building below.
Out a door to the roof, the strong breeze felt more like March than January. Watson walked past the flagpole and supports for the Hotel Kaskaskia sign that once dominated the downtown landscape.
“This is my favorite view. I wish we could really put a deck up here,” he said.
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