MADISON, WI—The Edgewater here has joined Historic Hotels of America, a program of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, prior to its reopening in September.
The Edgewater is one of more than 250 hotels and resorts throughout the country that is recognized by Historic Hotels of America for preserving and maintaining its historic integrity, architecture and ambiance. The Edgewater is the only Madison-based property to be included in the portfolio.
“We are delighted to induct The Edgewater, a storied lakefront hotel in the Midwest, to Historic Hotels of America prior to the hotel’s grand reopening after a $100 million renovation this September.” stated Lawrence Horwitz, executive director of Historic Hotels of America and Historic Hotels Worldwide. “We welcome The Edgewater’s owner Robert Dunn and leadership team into Historic Hotels of America.”
To be selected for membership, a hotel must be at least 50 years old; been designated by the U.S. Secretary of the Interior as a National Historic Landmark; listed in or eligible for the National Register of Historic Places or recognized locally as having historic significance.
“We are extremely honored to be a member of the Historic Hotels of America,” stated Ronald E. Morin, general manager/SVP of The Edgewater. “The people of Madison have pride in the hotel as a civic asset, a gathering place and a destination that defines the best of the city. Therefore, we are committed to honoring The Edgewater’s legacy as we enter the next chapter of the hotel’s history.”
The Edgewater opened 65 years ago and became a significant destination, attracting celebrities from Elvis Presley to Sammy Davis Jr. and Elton John to Bob Marley.
Local developer Dunn acquired The Edgewater with a plan to return the property to its cultural significance in the city.
The new hotel will feature the preserved façade of the old hotel with entirely new interiors, as well as the addition of a new tower and a large public plaza, as well as more than 200 guestrooms, four dining options, a fitness and wellness center, indoor and outdoor event spaces (including two rooftop spaces), and an outdoor skating rink in winter.