September 15, 2017. Laity Lodge reopens and guests return after the two-year renovation project.
“O Heavenly Father, of whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named, Be present at Laity Lodge, that all who enter there, being kindly cared for, may find it a haven of blessing and of peace. Sanctify the buildings for your glory, for everything in heaven and on earth is yours. Yours,…
As complex as the Laity Lodge renovation project has become (consisting of multiple buildings and acres of landscape), the full scope of it lives as a simple (albeit long) list. Our internal team has a check-in meeting each Monday morning to review the current state of things, make a few decisions, and assign tasks for the days ahead. Below is a snapshot of what is happening this week.
Our Kerrville offices include an Archive full of old documents, correspondences, brochures, audio recordings, architectural plans, and lots of photographs. There’s something to the experience of thumbing through these old shots of the Canyon and the people who have inhabited it through the years. Inspired by this, we’ve decided to begin adding our own analog photos to the collection.
Today crews poured the foundation for what will become the Main Cabin at Cedar Brake. This building acts as a sort of hub for the site and will include a kitchen, dining and meeting spaces, generous porches and two residency units.
Laity Lodge was swarming with activity this morning. Painters, landscapers, carpenters, drywall hangers, tile and door installers, electricians, irrigators, masons, plumbers, ac/heating rough-in crew, concrete polishers, and a foundation crew were all busy both with their tasks and with keeping out of each other’s way. But with clear skies and 70 degrees in early February, nobody was complaining.
Last week, only hours before we published the summer retreat schedule, our on-site construction manager let us know that it was suddenly doubtful the work would be finished by June. After a week of further review and consultation, we’ve made the painful decision to cancel our summer retreats and push the Laity Lodge reopening to September 2017.
A quintessential autumn day in the Texas Hill Country. Sixty-four degrees and clear upon arrival. We immediately encounter stockpiles of massive cut rock ready for the landscape.
Recent stonework really has the new building looking like the Lodge again. These walls are located on the ends of the building (as before) and inside the breezeways. Many of the rocks were salvaged from the original structure, and it’s good to see them stacked back in the organic pattern that has come to be a defining feature of the place.
Readily apparent on this early morning visit: the first bit of exterior stonework (reusing some stone salvaged from the original Lodge); steel beams for the catwalks accessing upstairs rooms; and the expansive breezeway ceilings, especially at the Waterfall patio.