The original hotel was built on whiskey barrels filled with concrete. Over times, the barrels sunk into the ground – over two feet. You can still see a few of the barrels in the basement today. However, in the past few years, the hotel has been jacked up and new concrete piers and footings have been put in. The previous owners did quite a bit of foundation work. However, when I bought it, I did substantial work on the foundation that took over a year to complete. All of the new footings in the basement had to be hand dug; dirt and rock had to be hand carried out in buckets. Since we could only jack the building up a 1/2″ a day, it took us almost a year to bring it level. Even then, walls cracked and bowed. Many had to be replaced. It now is structurally sound and is starting to look great!