In 1995 The Little Daisy was given new life when Walter and Lisa Acker purchased the dusty concrete shell from Douglas Bell’s estate. During a visit to Jerome, Montana residents, Walter and Lisa stumbled upon a battered “For Sale” sign on the run-down, much-abused building. Most homebuyers get keys at closing. However, in this case, one realtor quipped, “You’ll need a flashlight and a crowbar!”
After a bit of thought and an absurd amount of vision, the Ackers sold their Montana property, relocated to Jerome and set about the enormous task of restoring the walls, interior, and dignity of The Little Daisy – all the while paying homage to its history. They sought to make her their home. They arrived during the hot summer of 1995, lived in a small airstream, and spent the next 12 years working tirelessly room by room, floor by floor, space by space, to completely restore the 27,000 sq ft property into pristine condition.
The Little Daisy restoration was a labor of love and skill. After obtaining a copy of the original architectural plans, they set about rebuilding many of the original architectural components of the interior, including the phone booth, check-in desk, and cloak room. The original range hood and stove that remained in The Little Daisy during its 50+ years of abandonment, remain – intact and restored – in the kitchen to this day. The Ackers, beloved members of the Town of Jerome will forever be remembered as the family who rebirthed The Little Daisy, loving her back into existence through hard work and attention to graceful detail.