WILKES-BARRE — Mary Ann Rizzo of Berwick has received an artifact Friday from the former Hotel Sterling, Wilkes-Barre. Rizzo was presented with a piece of decorative tile that once adorned the soon-to-be-demolished building at the River and West Market streets.
Rizzo will have the tile cleaned and framed to present to her parents to commemorate their 65th wedding anniversary, she said. They spent their honeymoon night at the Sterling before spending a week camping at Harveys Lake. Rizzo will present the tile to them at a family gathering in June.
The city presented the tile to Rizzo at a private meeting. City Administrative Coordinator Drew McLaughlin said once word gets out that Rizzo’s request was granted, the city expects to be inundated with hundreds of similar requests.
The seven-story Sterling was built in 1897 and opened in 1898, but in recent decades it had deteriorated. It has been shuttered for years.
CityVest, a nonprofit corporation that formed to help preserve the hotel so it could be marketed, is the owner of record. CityVest has filed legal papers to dissolve.