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May 6, 2022
St. Edwards Lodge
Architect: Ron Wright & Associates/Architects
Team: Cement Masons and Plasterers Local 528; Evergreen Building Products; Georgia-Pacific; USG Building Systems
A historic building from the early 1900s, the St. Edwards Lodge was exquisitely transformed to reflect modern hospitality. Rich in its historical beauty as a converted seminary, this unique building offers guests a glimpse into Washington state’s history while being tucked away in the natural beauty of a 326-acre forest along the eastern shore of Lake Washington.
St. Edwards Lodge had intricate historical plaster sand finishes on the walls and ceilings, as well as ornamental plaster crown molding, coffered beams, trim and corbels that decorated the hallways and gathering rooms. Stunning arches opened up every room and walkway. Over the years, the historical ornamental plaster had deteriorated to the point that all the original pieces needed to be removed. As part of the restoration of this building, Phampena had to meticulously replicate the original ornamental pieces to restore the building to its original beauty.
The walls and ceilings including the barrel ceiling, stairwell, entry lobby and dining area were a team effort between Phampena and Vanderlip and Co. The collaboration between the two companies to repair damage while making the new construction walls and ceilings seamless with the historical finish was a success. Looking at the end product, one would not be able to distinguish where the old substrate and new restoration starts and ends. The teams were able to keep the original architecture while bringing new life into the building.
Many different trades were working in the same confined area to maintain the schedule. The limited space should have created more challenges, but with great coordination by the general contractor, the work was successful and completed exquisitely.
NWCB provided technical support to the project, and Evergreen Building Products supplied the necessary materials.