The Ahwahnee Hotel in Yosemite National Park will shut down for three weeks to allow renovation work on several projects.
From Feb. 22 through March 17, work will be conducted to upgrade the fire detection, alarm, and suppression system throughout the historic hotel. This work includes guest rooms, restaurants, shops and public spaces at the hotel.
Other work includes stabilization of the kitchen floor, replacement of the entry boardwalks, replacement of the service yard fence, and upgrades and replacements of furnishings throughout the hotel.
This includes new carpets, drapes, and bedspreads in many of the rooms, painting of guest rooms and public areas, and renovation of many of the artifacts in the hotel.
Work on the Ahwahnee has been occurring since September. The planned shutdown is needed to complete the remainder of the work, said park spokeswoman Kari Cobb.
The Ahwahnee Hotel, completed in 1927, is a registered National Historic Landmark. It was commissioned by Stephen T. Mather, the first director of the National Park Service.
Mather believed that a grand hotel in Yosemite was necessary to host dignitaries and influential people who would support Yosemite and other national parks throughout the country.
The Ahwahnee Hotel is widely regarded as the crown jewel of national park lodges.
It will reopen to the public on March 17.
The work will be conducted by the staff of Yosemite National Park, DNC Parks and Resorts at Yosemite Inc. and contractors. The project is being funded by the National Park Service and DNC Parks and Resorts at Yosemite Inc.
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