In 1992, Michael Pierce and his partner acquired 1414 South Hull Street. Shortly thereafter, a couple stopped in for a visit on their way to Texas for the winter. Instead of asking the guests to climb the steep stairs to the bedroom on the second floor, Michael let them sleep in his bedroom on the main floor and he spent the night upstairs, listening to the rain on the roof.
In February of 1993, Michael decided to move his quarters to the second floor and opened The Lattice Inn Bed and Breakfast with only the original master bedroom and a rented cottage nearby. Later, the dining room became a guest room and he made a smaller sitting room adjacent to the kitchen into the new dining room. In 1994, two guest rooms and baths were constructed on the pool level. Additional outdoor amenities were added to include an expansion of the lower deck area around the fish pond and a hot tub.
Michael developed a reputation for his cookies and published:
“Meet The Cookie Man”.
Unfortunately, Michael passed away on his 59th birthday and The Inn
struggled to survive under the capable management of Charles Cooper. In
2004, Hurricane Ivan moved through the state and caused extensive damage. A neighbor’s tree fell across the garden, demolishing the gazebo and the hot tub/spa, and portions of the fence along the property line.
As a result of the storm and many other factors, a decision was made to close the Inn. The contents were sold and the structure was put up for sale. The Inn sat empty for several years until Jim Yeaman acquired it in May of 2007. The process of resurrecting the business began with new furnishings and improvements to the guest suites, kitchen and the landscape. A new privacy fence was installed to replace the damaged chain link fence. The west end of the pool deck was expanded to provide more seating and the pool was converted to salt water.
The current Owner/Innkeeper at The Lattice Inn, Jim Yeaman, has enjoyed a successful career in organization management and public relations. After graduating from Auburn University with a degree in Film, Radio & TV, he was first associated with Auburn’s Public Television and University Relations departments. In 1968, his initial assignment in Montgomery was as the first full-time Director of the City’s convention and visitors bureau under the auspices of the Montgomery Area Chamber of Commerce.
Active over the years in several capacities in the civic and professional life of Montgomery, Jim served as President of the Montgomery Capital Rotary Club as well as Chairman of the City’s Historic Development Commission. Prior to his move from Montgomery to Chicago in 1986, he was the founder and CEO of Horizons Management Group, an association management company based in Montgomery.
The move to the Chicagoland area saw Jim installed as the Associate General Secretary for Membership Services at Rotary International. In that capacity, he directed Rotary’s world-wide public relations, communications and membership services operations.
Prior to the acquisition of The Lattice Inn and his return to Montgomery in 2007, he was CEO of The JOY Group, a property management company that specialized in the management of small to medium sized residential condominium properties on Chicago’s north shore.