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Harris Hotel something old to look new again
Dean Norton (second from left) and others worked recently to put up framework that will house a new balcony for the old Harris Hotel building on Park Avenue.

By T. Scott Boatright
scott@rustonleader.com

At one time it was the hub of Ruston.

Eventually, Dean Norton hopes the downtown area will be that way again.

The Harris Hotel was a Ruston landmark for years, situated downtown on Park Avenue across from the Kansas City Southern Railway tracks. In more recent years it housed Stow’s Bar before the building was closed due to deteriorating conditions.

Norton bought the building with plans to renovate it, and was helped in October when the project received a $10,000 Louisiana Main Street Redevelopment Grant to help with the restorations.

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