The Alexander Inn is an iconic fixture on the landscape of Oak Ridge, according to Richard E. Dover. It is a fixture that was almost left to ruin. The hotel was spared thanks to the efforts of private and public entities and is now slated for a new life beginning in 2015.
The Guest House at the Alexander Inn is a 64-unit senior living complex scheduled for grand opening in the spring of 2015. The facility is the former home of The Guest House/Alexander Inn, a popular retreat for those visiting Oak Ridge in the 40s, 50s, 60s, and 70s. The hotel was closed nearly 3 decades ago but according to Richard E. Dover, the building was too important to the area to be allowed to lay to waste.
Richard E. Dover admits a decade-long love affair with the building and says he was heartbroken on more than one occasion when renovation plans failed. However, thanks to local historians and government intervention, the old Alexander Inn has been spared and will soon be home to patrons as The Guest House at Alexander Inn.
Prior to renovations, Richard E. Dover visited Skidmore, Owings, and Merrill – the Chicago architecture firm that first designed the building. From his visit, he was able to obtain original drawings and renderings of The Guest House. These sketches and plans have been consulted extensively during the renovation phase, which follows Historical Preservation Society guidelines.
The Guest House at Alexander Inn is nearly complete, says Richard E. Dover. In addition to the renovated City Club Bar and Lounge, residents will have access to a full calendar of activities, a fitness area complete with professionally implemented wellness programs, and chef prepared meals.
Cost-of-living at this luxury senior living center is expected to be 20% below other comparable properties, says Richard E. Dover.