Merwinsville Hotel Restoration a living Museum
  • Renovations

    The progress of Merwinsville Hotel Restoration

    Looking for Support!

    scenes from the renovation Looking for Support!
    Your help is invaluable

    We are a non-profit, and like all such organizations, we rely on your support to keep ourselves going. Please consider making a donation to the Merwinsville Hotel Organization this year, we are a 501(c)(3), so you can use the deduction on your taxes (and we can use it to keep the doors open)!

    Freshening Up!

    scenes from the renovation Freshening Up!
    The exterior of the Hotel was repainted by 100 In 1 Home Services. They prepped the building, made some structural repairs and the building looks great!

    Holiday Happenings!

    scenes from the renovation Holiday Happenings!
    Don't miss our annual Holiday Show - celebrate the Hotel Restoration and get some fun stuff to make this year extra special. Don't forget, we survive because of your support, any and all help is appreciated!

    Ballroom Restoration

    scenes from the renovation Ballroom Restoration
    In January of 2008, the Board of Directors developed a 5-year plan that included the restoration of the ballroom.

    In April 2008, with a $4,000 matching grant that we received from the Connecticut Trust For Historic Preservation, the Board hired Duke Moore to create a set of architectural plans that encompassed the scope of our project.

    In January 2010, with our second grant from the Connecticut Trust for Historic Preservation, we hired Robert Murry to develop structural engineer plans for our project.

    The scope of work initially included: basement foundation, kitchenette, 1st floor bathroom, exterior stairwell from basement to ballroom, ballroom and all the associated electric & plumbing required.

    Mason Lord of Hudson Valley Preservation (HVP) has continued to graciously volunteer HVP's services through the ongoing process of gathering quotes from various contractors.

    As of 2013, we have amended our intitial scope of work to address signficant structural issues with regard to the ballroom. That work is currently underway and has closed the ballroom to unsupervised visits.

    Matching Grant

    scenes from the renovation Matching Grant
    Margaret Trika Smith-Burke of Gaylordsville gave the Merwinsville Hotel Restoration $4,000 to be matched through membership and friends. This $4,000 became $8,000 thanks to matching donations. Your donations help us to continue the restoration effort that began in 1971 by Gaylordsville residents to restore the Merwinsville Hotel to its former splendor.

    The restoration plan

    scenes from the renovation The restoration plan
    Jim Hart, Steve Dull, Mason Lord, Don Lawson & Jeff Edelstein met at the Hotel to review the initial estimates that were developed. The restoration plan was divided into 5 phases:

    Phase 1- Structural Basement to Ballroom; includes column & load bearing construction.

    Phase 2- New septic, well, excavation and foundation work, framing for exterior stairs and exterior trim.

    Phase 3- Mechanics; plumbing, heating, AC, bathroom, ballroom restoration, stair tower and painting.

    Phase 4- Kitchenette

    Next step will be to generate a worksheet laying out the phases & milestones and breaking down the total estimates using the same phases. This is the precursor to applying for grants.

    Housatonic Valley Preservation on board

    scenes from the renovation Housatonic Valley Preservation on board
    Don Lawson came on board to worth with Mason Lord of HVP to break down the scope of work into manageable projects and then being to acquire the necessary bids. The momentum is building. Thank you, Don.

    Structural Update

    scenes from the renovation Structural Update
    Architectural and Structural engineering drawings posted.

    The Merwinsville Hotel Restoration Project only exists because of the help we receive from you. If you've already become a member or made a donation, thank you, if you haven't, please consider making a pledge online by clicking this link.