One year after taking over the historic Gideon Putnam Resort, Delaware North Cos. Inc. is embarking on the first phase of an $18 million face-lift for the Saratoga Springs landmark.
The work is being in done in phases during the next few years.
Delaware North Cos. Parks & Resorts is overseeing work that includes restoring the resort’s ornate lobby by refinishing its marble floors, adding new furniture and bringing back to life its south-facing French doors. The gift shop is also being relocated to free up space in the lobby.
The Buffalo architecture firm of Hamilton Houston Lownie was retained to handle the design elements of the project.
Work began earlier this month and the first phase of the lobby renovations should be completed by April, just as the Gideon Putnam heads into its peak season.
“All of the renovation stages will be completed with minimal disruption to guests and visitors at the resort,” said Tim Smith, Gideon Putnam general manager.
Visitors will also be greeted by a series of carved panels that will tell the story of the resort, the adjoining Roosevelt Baths & Spa, the nearby Saratoga Performing Arts Center and other local landmarks.
“The concept behind the lobby renovation is to make this active space welcoming and comfortable so guests can gather to relax and chat or simply utilize it as a meeting space for large groups,” said Matt Meier, Hamilton Houston Lownie partner. Meier is overseeing the project.
In addition to the structural renovations and refinishing efforts, Delaware North has ordered new sets of linens and blankets for all 120 rooms in the resort.
Delaware North is also renovating the Roosevelt Baths.
The spa will feature new plants and a color scheme. A transition “relaxation” room is being added.
“All of this is grown directly out of the healing and rejuvenating powers of the water that have so long been the central focus at the Roosevelt Baths,” Meier said.