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Projects | White Pines Inn to Build New Additions

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The White Pines Inn, one of Illinois’ most unique wilderness getaway destinations, turned to Bailey Edward to help overcome many of the day-to-day challenges posed by the main lodge’s antiquated space allocation and inefficient layout in order to give the Inn’s guests a more welcoming experience.

The historic lodge was constructed of log and limestone in the 1930s by the Civilian Conservation Corps and was being utilized nearly the same way it had been for over 27 years. One building houses a gift shop, an office space and check-in services for guests with a breezeway connecting these areas to the Inn’s restaurant. With the current layout, there was a lack of space for a number of activities including entry to the restaurant, waiting area, dining/private dining spaces, and an area for a buffet and bar.

Multiple design schemes with additions were generated, that included an entry lobby for guests, an expanded dining area that includes a bar, and an addition for an expanded kitchen for the Inn’s restaurant. Additionally, the historic integrity is to be maintained through the use of matching building materials, window openings and interior finishes, in compliance with the Secretary of the Interiors Historic Preservation guidelines.

Ultimately, the Illinois Department of Natural Resources and the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency decided on an addition to the dining area to provide stage space for the dinner theater. These changes will ensure that the Inn will be capable of handling a variety of functions for guests which include weddings, dinner theater performances and banquets all while maintaining the historic character that has made it a popular getaway destination for generations.