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1996
Reopened doors with 226 rooms after a $15 million dollar renovation following some neglect and named by the National Trust for Historic Preservation as one of the fourteen national preservation success stories. Craftsmen labored for more than a year to restore the hotel’s turn-of-the century architectural detail, including its original ornamental plaster, wood wainscoting, gilt crown molding and egg and dart fresco 24 foot high ceilings. Hidden walls and balconies were rediscovered and returned o elegances. Today, this reopening is considered the catalyst of the revival of upper King Street; now a vibrant shopping, design and entertainment destination for locals and visitors alike.