Washington School to become a hotel
March 11, 2011
The Washington School Inn, a bed & breakfast on upper Park Avenue, will close April 1 to prepare for a complete renovation.
The building housed a school from 1889 to 1931 and became an inn in the late 1980s. Construction will begin April 4 to create the Washington School House, a boutique hotel with five suites and seven rooms.
The current owners, Thomas and Marcy Holthus of California, have owned the building since 2009. General Manager Jessica Davis said the renovation plans have been in the works for about 18 months.
Project manager Michael Elliott received permission from the city a few weeks ago to build a swimming pool behind the school. The complete project, including the pool, should be ready by December 2011.
The work will be done by the local firm Gardner & Boswell Construction. The San Diego-based interior design firm Paul Allen Design and architect Trip Bennett will create a new "sophisticated aesthetic" in keeping with the building’s Park City roots, according to a press release.
The focal point of the guest rooms will be 16-foot-high ceilings and nine-foot windows. The design will include Gustavian antiques. The architect has extensive experience in historical renovations, the release said.
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Davis said the change will be an exciting challenge. Since the Inn was a high-end bed & breakfast, she anticipates loyal clientele will embrace the new high-end boutique hotel.
Elliott and Davis agreed there isn’t anything to compare the plans to.
"I can’t think of any historic property that will be in this caliber and have the feel and excitement surrounding this project," she said.
To clear the building prior to the renovations, the Washington School is holding an estate sale April 2 from 2 to 6 p.m. Everything is for sale including toilets, fixtures, kitchenware, linens and mattresses. The community is welcome to walk in, look around and pay with a credit card, Davis said.
A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Park City Education Foundation. A portion of profits from the final weekend of guest stays will also be given.
A limited number of rooms are still available for someone to stay at the Inn one last time before the closing.
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