Sun Valley Lodge remodeling project is
in full swing
Some facilities to be closed for month
By GREGORY FOLEY
Express Staff Writer
Sun Valley Co. is aggressively moving
forward with a project to remodel parts of the historic Sun Valley Lodge.
The project, which was commenced in
earnest last month, has prompted the temporary closure of several public areas
in the 1936 lodge.
Gretchen’s restaurant, the Duchin Lounge,
the Lodge Dining Room and the lodge’s bowling alley will all be closed for the
majority of May.
The most visible activity at the site is a
full-scale remodel of the porte-cochere at the front entrance to the structure.
The renovated carport and entry area is being fashioned to match the recently
reconstructed porte-cochere at the Sun Valley Inn.
The modifications planned for the entrance
to the lodge include the installation of new heated pavers around the entry and
new landscaping around the entry’s decorative duck pond, which will be expanded.
However, the primary component of the
project is a complete makeover of all 148 guest rooms in the lodge.
Sun Valley Co. spokesman Jack Sibbach said
plans call for remodeling approximately half of the guest rooms this spring and
half in the fall.
Guest rooms will be remodeled with new
carpets, draperies, bedspreads and some new furniture. They will also be
outfitted with new flat, plasma-screen televisions and linked to a new
air-conditioning and heating system.
The work on the entry area is expected to
terminate by the end of May. Until then, all visitors to the lodge will be
required to use the rear entrance.
Sibbach noted that Gretchen’s, the Duchin
Lounge and the bowling alley are scheduled to re-open Saturday, May 29. The
Lodge Dining Room is set to re-open for business Sunday, May 30.
During construction, the resort’s beauty
salon will remain open Monday through Friday. The Sun Valley Inn lobby-area
lounge will provide breakfast, lunch and dinner—as well as
The last time Sun Valley Co. completed a
substantial remodel of the lodge was in 1985.
The major remodel project this year
follows a multi-million dollar makeover of the Sun Valley Inn and Limelight Room
conference center, commenced in 2002 and completed in 2003.