The Inn at Wise Opens Its Doors

The Inn at Wise - Exterior PhotoThompson & Litton was retained by the Wise County Industrial Development Authority in 2009 to provide Architectural & Engineering design and construction contract administration services for the renovation, restoration, and expansion of the historic inn located on Main Street in Wise, Virginia. The project work, which is substantially complete, was performed by Quesenberry’s, Inc. at an approximate cost of $9 million with funding provided by the Virginia Coalfield Economic Development Authority (VCEDA), the Virginia Tobacco Commission, and Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC), the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development (VHCD). Mark Swecker (Wise) was the Project Architect.

The Inn at Wise (Inn), originally constructed in 1910, as the Colonial Inn, had operated and successfully served the community up until the last 20 years when it fell into disrepair. The newly expanded and renovated facility, which encompasses the entire block, can now boast having 49 guest rooms and 45,165 gsf. The original structure now has 21 rooms with the new addition featuring the other 28 rooms.Guest Room at the Wise Inn

As you enter the Inn, you are overwhelmed by the beauty of the lobby area, with the original staircase, reservation desk, and wood floors, which have all been restored. Where practical, as much of the historical details that could be preserved have been saved.

The Inn once again offers a wide range of dining options with its formal dining room, diner, and pub each having been restored & refurbished. In fact, an original sunporch has been enclosed for all-year dining as part of “The Colonial” dining room. All of these dining venues are served by a new full-service commercial kitchen. All hotel services, including reservations and food, are provided through a company called Guest Services, Inc.

Gladeville Conference Center located in the Inn at WiseA new and vital feature of the expanded facility is its “Gladeville” Conference Center. This space with a capacity of 200+ occupants is planned to host a variety of functions including conferences and other special events.

While the original Inn has seen a significant renovation with the modernization of building systems and services, much will remain familiar to those who recall past times at the Inn. In particular, the unique character and charm of the attic story rooms in the original structure, historically accurate lighting fixtures and wallpaper throughout the Inn, a wealth of artwork lining the walls, and all of the finishing touches that make the project unique and worth visiting.

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Photos by Stacy Baker.