Enhancing The Manor’s Grand Facade
Along with extensive renovations to The Manor’s many interior spaces, so too came updates and upgrades to the building’s exterior. The multi-million dollar project included plans to extend the eastern portion of the second floor façade to add more symmetry to the front of the building, without growing the overall footprint of The Manor or impacting the beauty and size of surrounding grounds.
The structural changes were engineered to take advantage of the previously underutilized outdoor terrace while seamlessly blending the new construction with the existing look of the original façade.
The Knowles family, owners of The Manor, went through great effort with their architects and engineers to design the best options feasible that could maintain the old world charm and traditional look of the English mansion aesthetic, while enhancing the grandeur and scale of The Manor.
The renovation team carefully deconstructed a substantial portion of the existing brickwork to accommodate the area of new construction. Upon completion of the structural changes, skilled masons painstakingly blended new brickwork into the original structure, maintaining a seamless, stately aged brick façade. Additional materials were employed to match the overall aesthetic and color palette for which The Manor is well known.
The multi-phase exterior design and construction process, with careful attention to materials, scale, and the overall historic look of the structure, has resulted an even more grand first impression upon rounding The Manor’s curving drive to our venue.
Now upon arrival, guests will be greeted with the warm glow of an endless palette of colors that can been seen through the plethora of floor-to-ceiling windows in The Manor’s new rooftop Garden Room.
Additional façade enhancements included the installation of new exterior wall sconces on both new and preexisting areas of the building, providing improved lighting and a period appropriate look.
New retractable awnings have also been installed on the exterior, above the floor-and-ceiling windows of The Starlight Gardens, our conservatory room that runs the length of the east side of The Manor and looks out onto our fountain courtyard and grand waterfall. This room is adjoined to our ground level Imperial Ballroom to which The Manor has also recently made updates.
Completed exterior renovations also encompassed the creation of an all-new main entryway. Changes included the custom production of large-scale double doors.
To match the scale of the entry and provide yet another element for an inspiring first impression, The Manor invested in the addition of exquisitely-designed, finely-detailed leaded glass windows.
Not missing an opportunity to exhibit craftsmanship and layer design, the Knowles family commissioned a glass artist to create original pieces for the entryway. They selected an artisan who has provided her artistry for hundreds of antique stained glass restorations to preserve historic treasures as well the design of new installations for this specialty craft. With the installation of the glasswork in four large-scale doors at the entrance and vestibule as well flanking complementary windows offering glimpses of the renovated lobby, the effect is nothing short of stunning. These and many other refinements at every step of the renovation process demonstrate the level of quality The Manor continually seeks to embellish.
With a focus on improving functionality, providing modern amenities, building upon The Manor’s timeless charm, and furthering the grandeur of the venue, the Knowles family went to great expense and planning for every detail of the renovation project, inside and out.
We hope that on your next visit, as you walk along our brick-lined path or drive up to our entrance, you’ll experience the sprawling façade and surrounding property and agree that after well over a half-century in successful operation, The Manor only continues to refine its grand aesthetic, and sets the stage for a memorable first impression for you and your guests.