Baskervill completes Gettysburg Hotel facelift

The Gettysburg Hotel in Pennsylvania has announced the completion of a multi-million dollar facelift that saw the updating of the historic property.

Baskerville, an architectural and interior design firm, led the overhaul of the hotel that dates back to 1797. Its style is now said to be "New American Traditional," which gives the property a modern appearance with a historical feel. The 119 guestrooms and all public spaces — including the lobby, meeting and banquet space and restaurant — underwent complete renovation. Finishes are based on a neutral color palette with accents of blue and orange.

According to Jennifer Farris, interior designer at Baskervill, the lobby now features a residential style that blends traditional lines with a mix of trendy textures and patterns. This is because, with the redesign, the goal was to blend the time periods and the styles with more contemporary pieces to give the hotel a fresh look.

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The hotel now has an expanded lobby, more meeting and banquet space, a new restaurant called One Lincoln, and guestrooms with new furniture and updated bathrooms. All double beds have been removed from the guestrooms and have been replaced with either queen- or king-sized beds.

The College Room, an extension of the lobby, is also new to the hotel.  Here, there is a framed map found in the archives of Getty Images. It depicts the exact cross section where the hotel is today. Also, hand-scraped walnut hardwood floors were used to set the tone of walking into someone’s vestibule instead of a tiled hotel lobby. Similarly, while the chairs have a traditional feel, unexpected fabrics and patterns were placed on them to make them modern.

The renovation also saw the knocking down of a brick wall to open up the lobby to the new restaurant, One Lincoln. Taking its cues from the 16th US President, the space boasts copper accents and a custom Gettysburg Address wall graphic. The bar in the lounge area comes from a pub in Brick Lane, England. The pressed-tin copper ceiling also honors Abraham Lincoln and the copper penny.

The Gettysburg Hotel is managed by Connecticut-based Waterford Hotel Group. Kinsley Construction Company, headquartered in York, Pennsylvania, was appointed as general contractor for the renovation project, while Baskervill provided design services. DANAC Corporation of Bethesda, Maryland served as project manager.

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