Hanover, New Hampshire (PRWEB) June 22, 2012
The Hanover Inn at Dartmouth is firmly rooted in the history of the college town of Hanover, located on a prime spot opposite the Dartmouth Green where lodgings have stood since 1782. The designers selected to complete the transformational renovation are drawing on that history and local design elements. Phase One of the work, including 94 of the 108 guestrooms, a re-imagined lobby and new public spaces, opened on June 1.
The focal point of the lobby is a massive granite table, lit by a new skylight that allows light to bounce over the surface. The 2,800 pound slab of New Hampshire “Concord Grey” granite was hand-crafted by Granite Importers of Barre, VT. Interior designers Gary Johnson, Bill Rooney and Dick Terk visited the plant in Barre to discuss the finishes for the top and its scalloped edges.
Supporting the granite block are wood beams from The Barn People in Windsor, Vermont who salvage wood from old barns in New Hampshire, Vermont and Maine. The Bill Rooney Studios design team spent two hours in Windsor, hand picking the beams that would form the base for the table, making sure the ones they selected would stack properly and support the granite top. The beams were then shipped to Amoskeag Woodworking in Colchester, Vermont to be cleaned, cut and fitted together to make the table base.
The final step in the process was the table installation, assigned to the Engelberth Industrial Division because of the delicate nature of getting the granite top into the lobby. First the beam base was centered beneath the lobby skylight, then they “floated” the granite into the Inn on an air-ride system that lowered the top into place on the preset center leg while the team adjusted the end legs so the table is parallel with the registration desk lobby wall.
In addition to the centerpiece granite table, the Inn’s lobby décor includes lamps from local glassmaker Simon Pearce, furnishings from Pompanoosuc Mills and original art. Selections include works by David Burdeny, Catherine Farish, Duncan Johnson and Cindy Kane who are represented by the Hanover gallery Cynthia Reeves Projects. The Inn will also display a significant original piece from “The Dartmouth Pow-Wow Suite” by Native artist Mateo Romero (Dartmouth Class of 1989). This suite of ten paintings commissioned by the Hood for the 2011 Native American Art at Dartmouth exhibition. The painting, and several antique case clocks will be exhibit at the Inn.on permanent loan from Dartmouth's Hood Museum of Art, which is adjacent to the hotel and will be connected by an interior corridor leading from the Minary Conference Center now under construction.
About The Hanover Inn at Dartmouth (http://www.hanoverinn.com)
The 108-room Hanover Inn at Dartmouth is located in Hanover, New Hampshire at the corner of South Main and Wheelock Streets, opposite the Dartmouth Green where lodgings have stood since 1782. Owned by Dartmouth College and managed by Sterling Hotels, the Inn is a member of Historic Hotels of America. A comprehensive renovation is being completed in three phases: Phase One opened 94 of 108 rooms and redesigned public spaces, including a casual, full-service restaurant, in June 2012. The Hayward Ballroom with 1,761 sq. ft. of meeting and banquet space will be completed in August 2012. The Inn’s signature restaurant, an additional 14 guestrooms, a fitness center and 3,933 sq. ft. state of the art Minary Conference Center open in November 2012. For information and reservations, visit http://www.hanoverinn.com or call (800) 443-7024.