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New face, new (old) name for Inn on the Park

Park Hotel will feature two presidential-style suites on the ninth floor designed to showcase Madison to large-event planners.

Park Hotel will feature two presidential-style suites on the ninth floor designed to showcase Madison to large-event planners.

Destree Architecture and Design

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Inn on the Park, Madison’s only Capitol Square hotel, is beginning a massive interior and exterior reconstruction.

The project, which includes a redesign of the façade, is beginning now and is expected to be complete in June 2016. The hotel will remain open throughout the renovation and upon completion will revert to its historic original name — Park Hotel. The architect for the reconstruction is Destree Architecture and Design, while K & L Construction will serve as general contractor.

“Every aspect of the interior of the hotel is being renovated,” says George Wiesner, the hotel’s general manager. “Lobby, guestrooms, event space, hallways, etc. The guest rooms and common areas are designed in midnight blues, creamy yellows, and soft golds. Special touches of sparkle are featured in the ballroom and the Top of the Park, while monochromatic images of Madison evoke a stately feel appropriate for a hotel on the Capitol Square.”

Because Inn on the Park provides thousands of guest rooms annually for conferences at the Monona Terrace, the renovation of the hotel will provide additional comfort and amenities to these corporate guests, maintaining Madison as an appealing location for conventions.

“The convention and visitor industry is highly competitive,” notes Deb Archer, president/CEO of the Greater Madison Convention & Visitors Bureau. “For Madison to remain competitive, investments to visitor amenities such as the Inn on the Park are critical. Today’s travelers are seeking authentic experiences. The resurrection of this iconic property is wonderful for retaining some of our city’s downtown heritage, and refreshing a hotel that is unique and distinctive to Madison will be very appealing to visitors.”

Wiesner says the renovated Park Hotel will feature two presidential-style suites on the ninth floor with expansive windows showcasing a breathtaking view of Lake Mendota, Lake Monona, and the Capitol. “We are extending the ninth floor along Main Street to include additional lake-view rooms but we’re also combining some of our smaller rooms, so when it’s all said and done we’ll stay at our current 214 (rooms).”

The restaurant and bar on the first floor are being remodeled as well. The type of food and service are yet to be announced, but the existing exterior entrance is being moved to the corner of the building to better serve the public, as well as hotel guests.

According to Wiesner, the exterior renovations include adding a classic three story stone base to the building and the removal of the ninth floor triangular overhang. This distinctive cement overhang was added during construction in the 1960s to enclose the eighth floor rooftop terrace and has been interchangeably referred to as “the cheesehead,” “the helmet,” or “the beak.”

“During what will certainly be a spectacle the overhang will be reduced to its steel frame, which will then be cut from the building and lowered by crane,” notes Wiesner.

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