Since the dawn of time humans have had a love affair with wood. People love the warmth and feel of wood and associate fine woodwork with quality and elegance. References to exquisite wood elements are found throughout our history. In Italy, Michelangelo created the famous architectural woodwork in churches – in England Sir Christopher Wren’s intricate floral designs influenced the work of sculptors and woodcraftsmen for generations. Finely detailed, beautifully carved architectural elements create a lasting impression of quality and elegance and for that reason have been an integral part of interior design in the best hotels and restaurants for over a century.
Establishments that earn the coveted Five Star rating have to give a lasting impression of their commitment to quality. Fine woodwork is one of the time-tested elements used to achieve this impression.
Lorraine Heppner, CEO of Heppner Hardwoods, an architectural millwork supplier, believes the feeling of permanence created by these enduring elements is the reason for their increasingly widespread use in high-end hospitality projects.
“Fine wood elements add a sense of quiet elegance,” said Lorraine Heppner. “The public expects to see this kind of woodwork in a spacious, luxurious establishment. The wood provides an air of luxury and a sophisticated ambience.”
One such establishment is the Broadmoor Resort in Colorado Springs and when ISEC, a leading contractor for specialized building interiors, was awarded the project to renovate the hotel, matching and replacing the fine woodwork was an important factor.
“The style, finish and quality of installation of premium grade architectural woodwork defines the ambience of the hotel,” explained Joan Norblom, Vice President of ISEC. “It is one of the last trades to be installed, yet the first seen by the guest.”
Located in Colorado Springs at the foot of the Rockies, The Broadmoor provides an environment of unparalleled beauty and luxury. One of the few resorts in the country to have earned the Mobil Five Star and the AAA Five Diamond ratings every year since the awards were established, the Broadmoor was born in 1891 as a gambling casino.
When Spencer Penrose, an entrepreneur from Philadelphia, purchased the 40-acre site of The Broadmoor Casino and Hotel in 1916, his objective was to create the most beautiful resort in the world. He imported artisans to craft elaborate interior and exterior details fashioned after the opulence and elegance Penrose had experienced in Europe and the Orient.
Whether form follows function or purpose follows form, an environment created with architectural wood accents creates lasting beauty and comfort.