Hotel del Coronado - Entry, Porch and Lobby Restoration

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Hotel del Coronado Team

Project Lead & Architect – David Marshall, Heritage Architecture & Planning

Owner/Client – Michael Haslett, BRE Hotels

Lead Engineer (Structural) – Shane Noel, KPFF

Consulting Engineer (M/P) – Thomas Smothermon, DEC Engineers

Landscape Architect – Reid Katkov, Burton Landscape Architecture

Historic Consultant – Bruce Coons, Bruce Coons

Contractor – Mike Berryhill, Swinerton Builders

Historic Sub-Contractor – Spectra Company

Specialty Sub-Contractor(s) – Nicole Purvis, Bera Stained Glass Studios

Lobby Architect – Jason Van Auker, WATG

Interior Designer – Laura Smiros, Wimberly Interiors

Finish Carpentry Sub-Contractor – Matt James, Taber Co.

Custom Lighting Sub-Contractor – Woody Kirkman, W.T. Kirkman Lanterns, Inc.

Electrical Engineer – Chris Falk, EPI Consulting Engineers

Hotel del Coronado

The Hotel del Coronado is a winner for the 2022 Preservation Design Award for Restoration. Award recipients are selected by a jury of top professionals in the fields of architecture, engineering, planning, and history, as well as renowned architecture critics and journalists. Tickets and sponsorship options are available at californiapreservation.org/awards.

About the Hotel del Coronado Restoration

The Hotel del Coronado is one of California’s most recognized and beloved buildings. This National Historic Landmark recently underwent a $14 million restoration. The front facade, veranda, and lobby were fully restored, returning the hotel to its 1888 Victorian glory.
The beloved seaside Victorian Hotel del Coronado has hosted vacationers, presidents and Hollywood icons since it opened in 1888. Significant alterations had been made to The Del over the years, including the complete loss of the front veranda. This $14 million project has restored the front facade and the entire veranda, complete with rocking chairs.

Work included 114 new replica wood windows fabricated to replace non-historic units. Original colors were restored, including the red window sashes and “haint blue” veranda ceilings. In the lobby, workers spent months stripping away the non-historic wood finishes and restoring the 1888 stain and shellac. The hotel’s largest stained-glass window was carefully removed and all 700 pieces were dismantled, cleaned, and reassembled. Also, 21 missing stained-glass windows were designed and fabricated by referencing old photos.

After five years of research, design and construction the restored Hotel del Coronado has been meticulously transformed back to 1888.