From a casual glance, the three-story building in the city's historic Basque block shows no sign that its appearance ever changed when it opened in Mountain Home more than a century ago. On the outside, it received a fresh coat of paint and some modest cosmetic improvements to help preserve its historic image.
But step inside the Bengeochea Hotel, and it's a completely different story. A thin layer of fresh sawdust covers new wood flooring while some rooms show signs of fresh paint as the building prepares to see new life and a new purpose.
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