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perspectives places eastern canada By JoAnn Greco 1. 1608, a new wine and cheese bar at the Fairmont Le Château Frontenac in Quebec City by Rockwell Group, is named for the year the city was founded. NORTHERN LIGHTS Three hotels channel the spirit of their history and surroundings In eastern Canada, an area home to approximately 70 percent of the nation's population, the renovation of two classic hotels and the development of a brand new property are drawing notice both for their ambition and their design. All three projects offer carefully considered balances of the contemporary and the traditional, ensuring that the new fits in with, and complements, the tried and true. Fairmont Le Château Frontenac Quebec City's signature hotel, the Fairmont Le Château Frontenac, unveiled a $70 million renovation this past June that began 18 months earlier as a celebration of the property's 120th birthday. The massive revamp includes all 611 guestrooms as well as the lobby, public spaces, and Champlain, its fine dining restaurant. Two new restaurant concepts-1608, a wine and cheese bar, and Le Sam, a bistro-cum-jazz spot-a new spa, and increased meeting space (up 75 percent to 40,000 square feet due to an expansion into former retail space) round out the hotel's updated offerings. "The new design is more modern and approachable yet still aligned with the Frontenac's heritage and grandeur," says Greg Keffer, studio leader and principal of New York- based Rockwell Group, charged with tackling the public spaces and restaurants. In Champlain, for example, the team retained features such as wood paneling and stenciled ceilings, and enhanced them with leather and brass. In the lobby, a custom reception area uses a pattern designed by the Maxwell brothers, the architects responsible for the hotel's 1920 expansion. Similarly, Dallas-based Wilson Associates, which handled guestrooms and function spaces, wanted to "respect the history of the building and integrate all of its quirks and charms into our design as opposed to removing them," says Joanne Yong, Wilson Associates' senior vice president and principal. The royal blue and July 2014 069

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Hospitality Design - July 2014

Hospitality Design - July 2014
Online TOC
From the Editor
State of the Industry
Eastern Canada
Radical Innovation in Hospitality Award
5 Questions for Jason Pomeranc
Emma Gardner
IIDA/HD Product Design Competition
HD Americas Preview
From the Show Director
Keynote Speaker
Conference Highlights
The Power of Story
Ad Index
Back Space

Hospitality Design - July 2014