|Work continues on our new
slate roof in the front and back of the Hotel as weather permits.
The front of the Hotel, slate work in progress...
|...and the back of the Hotel.|
|The front lobby and most of
the public areas on the 1st floor have had tin (non-original) removed
and will receive new plasterwork on walls, ceiling and cornice. Many new
discoveries have been made such as the location and outline of the
original lobby drinking fountain and original ceiling fixture locations.
|Our beautiful stained glass
windows on the mezzanine level can now be seen from the 1st floor after
removal of an obsolete fire door and wall.
Looking up the staircase from the lobby...
|...and down from the second floor entrance.|
|Both the Men's and Women's
bathrooms have been removed to make room for a new elevator /lobby and
new Family bathroom on the 1st floor with additional new bathrooms on
the lower level, accessible by elevator.
|March, April and May have seen a lot of work continuing at the Hotel Florence. Much of it is unseen; continued electrical, fire suppression and heating/cooling upgrades are being completed. Work on the elevator shaft has moved from the basement up through the third floor and we are now awaiting the arrival of the elevator.|
|The thick-set mortar that contained the imprint of the original floor tiles has been removed as seen in these two photos and we are finalizing the order for tile to replicate the original flooring and tile pattern. Wall plastering also continues throughout the first floor of the Hotel.|
|The removal of the tin ceiling in the Dining Room allowed us to determine the original locations of the four ceiling fixtures that hung in the room.|
|Now the ceiling has been re-plastered and looks beautiful!|
|The Ladies Vestibule has had a make-over. All the tin was removed and repairs and replastering completed. The South wall will have drinking fountains installed... something we have not had in the Hotel for many years.|
|Entrance to the elevator and the Family Bathroom will be through this vestibule when completed.|
The Mens' Reading Room on the First Floor has been replastered and awaits clean-up. Original ceiling moldings have been exposed but not restored.
Original Billiards Room/ Post Prohibition era Bar has been
South Hallway has been replastered and had new ceiling mouldings
newly replastered North Hallway with new