A local, well-known landmark in Charlevoix, commonly known as The Lodge, has changed ownership and name. In tribute to Charlevoix’s own master builder, Earl Young, the hotel will be renamed Hotel Earl.
The original hotel, known as Earl Young’s Weathervane Lodge, was built in 1959. This 40-room motel has been in operation since. Young constructed homes in the mid-century modern era of architecture and is known for his construction of Charlevoix Mushroom Homes, Boulder Park and Boulder Manor. This era is known for integrating nature into the houses as Young always did.
The design team is very passionate about preserving much of the original architecture and details that Young put in throughout the original construction. Additionally, new elements have been designed to emulate Young’s original concept.
Major renovations to the hotel include the addition of a third story, adding 17 additional guest rooms for a total of 56 guest rooms & suites. Other changes include: New windows, doors, restored balconies, enclosing the exterior corridors, a new elevator, new ADA compliant stairways and state-of-the-art luxury accommodations. New features will include a new swimming pool, high-tech 12-seat boardroom, and 1500 square foot presidential/bridal suite. The hotel’s downtown location (120 Michigan Avenue) is set back one block from the water, offering lake views.
Silva Property Management has acquired and will be developing the building. The design team is made up of northern Michigan experts in the hospitality industry. These include: KLK Design, Shoreline Architecture and Hotel Investment Services, Inc.
The renovations are expected to be complete in Summer of 2019, just in time for celebrating 60 years of this landmark property.