Selke execs planning bed and breakfast

LENOX — Two officers of the Pittsfield-based Annie Selke Companies are planning to turn a 19th century Main Street residence that formerly served as a group home into a luxury bed and breakfast.

Christian L. Selke and Robert A. White of 33 Main LLC recently purchased the eight bedroom, 5,200 square foot structure at 33 Main St. from the Austen Riggs Center for $762,500, according to documents filed at the Middle Berkshire Registry of Deeds in Pittsfield.

Built in 1830, the structure had been used as a group home by Austen Riggs since 2004.

Selke co-founded Pine Cone Hill, an entity of the Pittsfield-based Annie Selke Companies. White is the CO of the Annie Selke Companies.

The partners received a special permit to run an eight bedroom bed and breakfast at the site from the Zoning Board of Appeals in February.

According to the minutes of that ZBA meeting, the structure had also served as a group home for the elderly and as a seasonal bed and breakfast known as the Lilac Inn, before Austen Riggs used it, said Selke and White's attorney Michael Hashim of Pittsfield.

White told the board that Selke's plan is to operate a business that would combine a "luxury lodging experience with the intimacy of a bed and breakfast." They plan on operating the bed and breakfast year round. The building's exterior will remain the same, but interior renovations are planned.

The Annie Selke Companies, which include brands Pine Cone Hill, Dash & Albert, Annie Selke Luxe, Fresh American and Annie Selke Outlet, are well known in the home design industry. Christian Selke told the board that she intends to renovate the building using her talents as an adjunct/display for her business.

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