Bill Zehrung, Rhiannon Gibson restore former steel foundry into The Foundry Hotel

The property scheduled to open in 2018 will be a historic restoration of a former steel foundry in Asheville, North Carolina.

In Asheville, N.C., The Foundry Hotel is scheduled to open in spring 2018. To be managed by Charlestowne Hotels, the property will be a historic restoration of a former steel foundry.

Bill Zehrung of Studio Z Architecture is overseeing the project's architecture, while Rhiannon Gibson of Lagom Interiors will handle the design.

The Foundry Hotel will combine three historic buildings to create a 92-room boutique hotel and restaurant in the heart of the city. Much of the steel produced from the original foundry was used to construct George Washington Vanderbilt's Biltmore Estate, the largest residence built in the U.S. The design will pay homage to this historic tie, with the new hotel including a number of local artifacts and design elements that retain the building’s original character.

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The Foundry Hotel is part of Charlestowne Hotels’ historic adaptive reuse projects. In March, it opened The Collector Luxury Inn & Gardens, which involved Anastasia Design. As the first luxury accommodation of its kind in St. Augustine, Fla., The Collector Luxury Inn & Gardens comprises an entire block on the edge of Old Town and has a set of nine buildings repurposed from historic homes dating back to 1790, including seven guest houses, The Well Bar and General Story lobby building—each with museum-quality décor from the Dow collection of antiques on display.





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