Elena Flats


It’s been inhabited by college students, a future deputy sheriff and businessmen as well as by rooming-house tenants paying $125 a week.

They all played a part in the life of Elena Flats, which opened about 1909 with four apartments after the Great Fire of 1901 destroyed much of Downtown.

In its 109 years, uses ranged from a boarding house to a 25-unit rooming house to nothing but a vacant, deteriorating building.

It came close to demolition for use as a parking lot, but now it’s being restored at a projected cost of $2.8 million to offer four luxury apartments to be rented for about $2,500 a month.