Winston Churchill said that “we shape our buildings, and afterwards our buildings shape us.” An afternoon spent reminiscing with Eddie Sears, Betty Anne Cody, Carole and Howard Hovde in the Laity Lodge Great Hall seemed to prove the point. Most of the Lodge traditions we take for granted today found their origin in the work…
This week landscape architect Christine Ten Eyck made her first site visit to Laity Lodge. A recurring theme in our meandering conversation (most of it occurring on foot as we walked the grounds) was the importance of water in a landscape like ours. Ten Eyck has demonstrated a unique combination of artistry and environmental and regional sensitivity in her work, and we are grateful to have her join the project team.
Laity Lodge is excited to announce that Overland Partners has been retained to assist us in completing several aspects of the renovation project including the design of the new Cedar Brake guest rooms and a reimagined site concept that dramatically improves the arrival experience of our guests. The Lodge team recently spent two days on-site with Overland to begin plotting out (and sketching out) some of the new concepts.
We are learning a lot about the original Lodge building through the process of systematically dismantling it. And we are uncovering some fascinating details. One recent curiosity: the cast iron bathtubs with manufacturing date/time stamps on the bottom. In this case, 12-19-1960 at 4:50.
The demolition crew is currently removing the white glazed brick bathrooms, resulting in a completely open interior. Don’t worry, the new Lodge plans call for more glazed brick. The next step will be the opening of the breezeways.
It was a privilege to spend a blustery afternoon in front of a fire in the Great Hall, talking to former directors Eddie Sears, Betty Anne Cody, and Carol & Howard Hovde about some of their personal memories of the place and their hopes for a renovated Lodge. Short film coming soon.
The demolition crew is working its way down the Lodge, removing interior walls as it goes. The result is a spacious, new interior view. Shown here is a corridor of four upstairs rooms.