The folks at the Biltmore Estate have taken another step toward making a decision on whether to build a second hotel on its property. The estate on Monday filed a zoning application to begin the bid process. A Biltmore Estate spokeswoman stressed that no decision has been made on whether to build or not. More:
This is one of the last few steps we are taking to see if we will move forward.
As part of the analysis, bids will be collected over the summer for construction. A final decision could come in early August. Pending the final decision, construction could begin in mid-August.
Current designs are for a 145,000 square-foot, four-story structure situated in Antler Hill Village near the Winery. Designs call for 190 guest rooms. A rendering is attached, and was part of this morning’s zoning application.
We have consulted with PGAV Destination Consulting, the designers of the estate’s Antler Hill Village. More about PGAV is available here: www.pgavdestinations.com.
More details as I get them.
Hopefully they will run Omni out of the city – they have destroyed an icon and have brought in filthy management who have run out staff and guests alike. Hope the Biltmore builds this and even a bigger one
Is that a picture of the Grove Park Inn?
Who is the architect?
PGAV. There’s a link in the article.
It looks like a a chain hotel exterior that one would see in Helen Georgia, or a similar “tudoresque” locale…
Its not bad looking. It looks kind of like a nursing home. I don’t know why don’t copy Biltmore Estate’s Châteauesque style of architecture? We already have a Biltmore Village.
Agreed, all of the hullabaloo on whether or not they are going to entertain the thought of possibly building a new hotel on a piece of private property sounds more like marketing and less like news.
Given the proposed location of the new hotel, I understand why they went with this style. All of antler hill village is constructed in the pebble-dash style, taking cues from the winery building, which is an original building (it was part of the original dairy). Because it’s at Antler Hill Village, going with the same style makes sense.
I honestly don’t mind the look. It’s a common village look in England, which is what Richard Howland Hunt was going for with the design of the original Biltmore Village (which is why you see a lot of pebble-dash buildings in Asheville. The method is cost effective and sturdy).