Historic Suffolk Towers Undergoing Restoration and Revival

May 22, 2023

Tymoff+Moss Architects (TMA), Commonwealth Preservation Group (CPG), and Elliott Apartments LLC are teaming on a project financed by TowneBank to renovate the 1925 Suffolk Towers building. The “skyscraper” at 181 N. Main Street began life as The Elliott Hotel during the heyday of Suffolk’s peanut industry. Original
spaces included the lobby with decorative plasterwork and terrazzo floors, ballrooms and banquet spaces, dining room, 57 rooms for lodging and quarters for housekeepers, and commercial spaces on the ground floor. The hotel was converted to apartments in the 1980s, the building slowly deteriorated over time; in 2021, two different fires resulted in the building’s vacancy. This fast-tracked project’s construction begins this summer, with 45 units to be available to rent in 2024. The existing Baron’s Pub and Restaurant on the ground floor will remain open throughout and beyond the renovation.