ROK Builders, Freeman French Freeman, RSJ Associates collaborate for Hotel Saranac restoration

New Hampshire-based hotel owner/operator Roedel Companies started restoring the limestone detail on the exterior of the Hotel Saranac in Saranac Lake, New York. Much of the original limestone which was used on the entrance, storefront facades, windowsills and wave-motif towards the top of the building was covered with ivory paint in the late 20th century. Roedel Companies is removing the paint in order to preserve the original architectural character of the building.

According to historic preservation consultant Kimberly Alvarez of Landmark Consulting, American architecture of the late 19th and early 20th century included a lot of Indiana limestone detail work on buildings, primarily used on the exterior of homes and commercial buildings.

The architects of the Hotel Saranac, William Henry Scopes and Maurice Mayer Feustmann, used limestone because it was durable yet allowed them to carve detail across the property. It also provided contrast from the red brick that is used throughout the Hotel’s façade.


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This is another step in removing the layers added over the decades to reveal the hotel’s historic character. By removing the paint, the design team will also be able to assess any damage and make the necessary repairs.

ROK Builders, the hotel construction affiliate of Roedel Companies, and Freeman French Freeman, the lead architect, are working with Alpine Restoration on the project.

Other companies involved in the project include: Group One Partners for the hotel programming; North Woods Engineering as the structural engineer; North Country Construction Services as site superintendent; Rist-Frost Shumway for mechanical, electrical and plumbing; RSJ Associates for interior design and procurement services; and Korn Design, which will refresh the visual identity of the property.

Roedel Companies also reached an agreement with Paul Smith’s College to purchase a vacant dormitory building adjacent to the Hotel Saranac. Roedel Companies’ intent is to expand the hotel property with the addition of the building. This newly acquired space will increase the hotel’s room count.

The re-imagined Hotel Saranac will be a full-service property offering 75 updated guestrooms, a fully restored grand ballroom and guest parking.

The Hotel Saranac will remain closed during construction and reopen in 2015.

Located in Wilton, Roedel Companies has 45 years of experience developing, constructing, managing and designing hotels for its own account and third parties through its subsidiaries RGH Hospitality and ROK Builders. Roedel Companies offers hotel development, construction, pre-opening and management. Its properties include Hilton Garden Inns, Hampton Inn & Suites, Homewood Suites, Holiday Inns, Holiday Inn Express & Suites, and La Quinta Inns & Suites. Roedel Companies recently added the Courtyard by Marriott in Nashua, NH and the Holiday Inn in Mount Kisco, NY to its hotel portfolio.

Founded in 1992, Korn Design has offices in Boston and New York. It is headed by principal Denise Korn and partner/creative director Javier Cortés.

All photos from Hotel Saranac