After renovation, the Hassinger Daniels Mansion opens for business.
by Wyatt Stayner, Weld for Birmingham, June 25
The Hassinger Daniels Mansion in Birmingham has opened to the public for the first time since 1898. The opening marks the beginning of a bed and breakfast and the end of a two-and-a-half year renovation.
“The renovation was much harder than our first one of Cobb Lane Bed and Breakfast,” says Sheila Chaffin, owner of the Hassinger Daniels Mansion and Cobb Lane Bed and Breakfast.
“It was built to be a residence and looks like a residence, so it’s an excellent conversion to a bed-and-breakfast,” Chaffin says.
Hassinger Daniels Mansion and Cobb Lane represent the B&B market in Birmingham. The next closest B&B is the Columbiana Inn Bed and Breakfast, located in Shelby County. While the market is meager, Chaffin enjoys the guests that her B&Bs attract.
The house, a Victorian mansion, sits in the middle of Highland Avenue’s “silk stocking neighborhood.” The neighborhood got its nickname because those who lived there were rich enough to afford “silk stockings.” While the moniker has stuck, the original Victorian decor that accompanied the neighborhood is mostly gone.
“There used to be a whole community of these houses,” says Chaffin. “Now there’s only two left.”
Hassinger Daniels’ ownership history has helped it outlive the other mansions. In the 115 years since being built, it has only had three owners. According to Chaffin, the continuity has squashed any chance the house would have been commercialized. Location is another aspect that has helped to extend its lifespan.
“Being in the middle of the block contributed to its preservation, since corner properties along principle roadways have the greatest pressure to commercialize first,” Chaffin says.
“The mansion is gorgeous, truly beautiful, in its restored condition,” Chaffin says. “We’re delighted to finally be open for business.”
The rooms range from $109-159 and the innkeepers are offering a 20% discount on all rooms during the months of July and August.
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