CW plans $8 mil renovation to Williamsburg Inn

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The Williamsburg Inn (WYDaily staff)
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Colonial Williamsburg submitted a proposal Friday to the City of Williamsburg’s Architectural Review Board for a planned $8 million renovation to the Williamsburg Inn.

According to a press release from the foundation, the renovations will be limited to the historic hotel’s exterior, which was conceived by Colonial Williamsburg’s founding benefactor John D. Rockefeller. His wife Abby Aldrich Rockefeller oversaw its design, construction and furnishing for the grand opening.

“On its opening in April 1937, the Williamsburg Inn represented Mr. Rockefeller’s vision as the pinnacle of comfort and luxury,” Florencio Ferrao, Colonial Williamsburg vice president of hospitality said in the release. “Today’s consumers expect even more, however, from outdoor options for drinks and dining to water features for wedding photography. If we hope to thrive as a destination, we must meet our guests’ expectations.”

Highlights of the proposal include:

  • A new reflecting pool at the center of the Inn’s front oval
  • An improved rear terrace featuring a formal fountain, outdoor bar and fire pit lounge
  • An expanded Queen’s Terrace with adjoining wedding pagoda and event lawn
  • A more family-friendly outdoor pool deck area

The planned enhancements follow the Inn’s most extensive renovation in 15 years. It officially reopened its doors in May.

“We are confident that our proposal strikes a perfect balance in maintaining this architectural treasure while ensuring its continued success,” Colonial Williamsburg President and CEO Mitchell B. Reiss said in the release. “All while creating jobs and supporting Colonial Williamsburg’s core mission of education and preservation.”