In Florida, Historic Hotels Continue to Delight Thanks to Timeless Design

“From the moment Andrew and I purchased The Colony Palm Beach, we wanted to restore the lobby back to its original glamorous stature,” Colony co-owner Sarah Wetenhall says of herself and her husband. “Hospitality is all about first impressions…[and] I had this dream of visually immersing our guests in the Colony experience in a truly unique way.” 

Although the Wetenhalls went about this by installing a perfectly pink custom de Gournay wallpaper mural (more on that later), they’re not alone in partaking in what seems to be a Floridan hotel renaissance. Despite the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, and its notably high rates in the Sunshine State, a slew of hospitality ventures are piquing interest and turning heads—thanks in no small part to their emphases on historic design.

A newly aqua-tinged space inside the Fisher Island Club.

Photo: Courtesy of the Fisher Island Club

On Fisher Island, designer Adriana Hoyos has been hard at work on the resort component of the Fisher Island Club after recently completing a series of refreshed common spaces within the famously exclusive members-only social club. Notably, the Vanderbilt Mansion is the keystone of the property. “I wanted to know a little bit about its history,” she says

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Interior designer lists historic Kerikeri homestead beside Te Waimate Mission

Interior designer Patrick Crawshaw is no stranger to renovating – three years ago he completely restored the former harbourmaster’s cottage on the hill in Russell, being just the third owner of the house built in 1923.

More recently, he bought another historic property, a Historic Places Category 2-listed former farmhouse in Te Ahu Ahu Road, Kerikeri, which he has now listed for sale, privately.

This time, the renovation was already underway when he moved in a year ago. But Crawshaw says he spent a lot of time and effort setting up the two-storey villa to be a boutique hotel, continuing the work started by the interior designer of the renowned Donkey Bay resort and Duke of Marlborough Hotel in Northland.

Picture perfect - this historic Kerikeri homestead, built in 1880, is adjacent to Te Waimate Mission. The house, which is for sale, has been fully restored and could be used as a boutique hotel.

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Picture perfect – this historic Kerikeri homestead, built in 1880, is adjacent to Te Waimate Mission. The house, which is for sale, has been fully restored and could be used as a boutique hotel.

However, new job offers and another restoration project are pulling Crawshaw away, hence the sale of the house, which is on land that was formerly part of the old Te Waimate Mission station.

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Historic Memphis space yields unique design opportunity using LED luminaires

Memphis architectural design firm LRK worked with A-Light luminaires to enhance the natural light coming into the new Orion Federal Credit Union headquarters in a historic building that incorporates the original industrial-looking concrete and exposed ductwork alongside modern aesthetics and layered lighting. (Photo credits: Images by McGinn Photography for A-Light.)

Memphis architectural design firm LRK worked with A-Light luminaires to enhance the natural light coming into the new Orion Federal Credit Union headquarters in a historic building that incorporates the original industrial-looking concrete and exposed ductwork alongside modern aesthetics and layered lighting. (Photo credits: Images by McGinn Photography for A-Light.)

A-Light, an Acuity Brand, has announced a solid-state lighting (SSL) project in Memphis, TN where a unique historic building afforded lighting designers the chance to focus their efforts on aesthetics given abundant natural light that floods the space. Much of the artificial lighting is focused on grazing walls and wall art and adding to the ambient layer, with task lighting only directly located over interior work spaces. Orion Federal Credit Union moved its headquarters into what once was the home of a famous bread baker and rehabilitated the natural concrete surfaces, minimally changing the internal space.

Architect LRK spearheaded the interior design with engineering assistance from HNA Engineering. Orion had chosen the office because of its location in the iconic building in a historic neighborhood undergoing a reinvention through commercial and residential growth. The credit union grasped the opportunity to be an anchor in the neighborhood.

The building had what

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