SKANEATELES — After proudly owning the constructing at 28 W. Genesee St. in the village of Skaneateles for almost as lengthy as he has owned the Sherwood Inn, why did Bill Eberhardt select to renovate the Sherwood House workplace constructing into the Hannum House lodge?
“Look out that window,” Eberhardt stated, pointing at the view of the north finish of Skaneateles Lake obtainable from every of the 5 rooms at the inn. “Don’t you think we should share that with somebody?”
He referred to as it “quite a fascinating acquisition” when he purchased the Sherwood House from Dwight Winkelman, noting he has owned the constructing for about 35 years.
Eberhardt stated the Sherwood House hosted workplaces and outlets all through his possession, providing places for a few vintage outlets, a lady’s clothes retailer, a hairstylist and different companies on the decrease degree. Upstairs, Sherwood Inn employees had their workplaces up till development started.
“I always wanted to make it into hotel rooms, but I always knew it was going to be a big project,” he stated, noting the Sherwood Inn all the time took priority when it comes to how his firm spent funds on renovations. “We couldn’t get to it and couldn’t get to it. Then, we got to it and did it right, and that was fun to do — maybe later than I wanted to.”
Now, the Hannum House boasts 5 rooms — two on the first flooring and three upstairs — which might be all uniquely achieved with king beds, fireplaces, their very own loos and sitting areas, and views of the lake, in fact.
“We never get tired of showing it off,” Innkeeper Nancy Ranieri stated, noting the north finish of the lake gives a satisfying scene in all 4 seasons. “We never get tired of looking at this, especially decorated for the Christmas season.”
The development that reworked the Sherwood House into the Hannum House took almost a yr, as work started in October 2015 and the inn formally opened in the center of August. Ranieri stated there was a tender opening then, and now the lodge is crammed with friends each weekend.
“It’s a long time coming, but it’s nice to finally have it done and see people enjoying it,” administrative assistant Kait McKinney stated, although she acknowledged she misses the view of the lake from her former workplace.
McKinney stated the renovations concerned native contractors and designers who have already got a rapport with Eberhardt after engaged on tasks on his private residence. Having these individuals now work on the Hannum House “just really puts the cherry on the top of the whole project,” she stated.
Eberhardt stated staff gutted the constructing with a purpose to begin from scratch and rework nearly each inch from prime to backside. The building was nominated for — and ultimately added to — the state and nationwide Registers of Historic Places, however that honor got here with some duty.
For instance, Eberhardt stated he needed to maintain the unique staircase — which he stated was nice with him as a result of he needed to maintain it and construct one other. He additionally needed to keep the home windows, the woodwork and a few of the different unique points of the constructing, all of which he was glad to do.
He described as “intense” the software course of for historic registry standing, noting native historical past professional Kihm Winship offered help together with Cynthia Carrington Carter, who McKinney stated took pictures in the spring and summer time of 2015 earlier than demolition started of nearly each facet of the constructing proper right down to the minute particulars of its structure.
That documentation, she stated, included the unique columns to find out whether or not they needed to be stored or might be demolished and new ones constructed, the crown molding, door frames, fireplaces and different historic touches all through the inside.
“He doesn’t like to demolish those really historic, really good architecture of the building,” McKinney stated, noting Eberhardt needed to take care of the integrity of the Hannum House.
Though not all of Eberhardt’s properties are historic ones — he pointed to his Phoebe’s Restaurant & Coffee Lounge as an instance of a up to date one — he stated he does like to revive previous issues. His Chris-Craft boat and Porsche vehicle are testaments to that zeal, he famous.
“I believe in it — heritage, history,” Eberhardt stated. “It’s rich.”
Ranieri referred to as the Sherwood Inn “the living room of the community” — so many individuals spend holidays there, rejoice particular events at the restaurant or lodge and simply get along with household and pals for dinners.
If the Sherwood Inn is the group’s front room, maybe then the Hannum House is its bed room — “one more historic property,” Ranieri stated, that “just adds to the charm of the village.”
“So many people in the village remember these buildings and are excited to see them come back to life and to be able to enjoy them and have their family and friends stay here,” she stated.
In an effort to make the Hannum House seem like it has been that means all alongside, Eberhardt identified partitions and ceilings which might be hand-painted by native artisan Heather Bruno-Sears and her crew with stencils — not wallpapered, regardless of what one may assume upon first impression — and different measures taken to be as true as potential to the unique constructing.
“There’s a lot of effort put in by the team — and it was a team — to be as authentic as we could be,” he stated.
Each of the 5 rooms provides the appeal and ambiance of a historic constructing and a view of the lake, Ranieri stated, but in addition accommodates such trendy conveniences as wi-fi web and a flat-screen tv.
Guests examine in at the Sherwood Inn, and somebody escorts them over and carries their luggage. Each room has its personal parking spot at the rear entrance of the Hannum House.
“All of them are a little different, but all of them have that same feel and quality,” Ranieri stated of the rooms.
The centerpiece of the 5 rooms is the bridal suite, which — as the identify implies — might host a bride as she will get prepared for her massive day or perhaps a pair of newlyweds or a pair celebrating their anniversary.
It is the solely room that gives its view of the lake instantly from the mattress, and it’s also the solely room that has a bathtub in the bathe.
The inside design of the Hannum House evokes a basic Skaneateles motif, McKinney identified: Much of the furnishings is from furnishings maker Gustav Stickley, who spent summers in Skaneateles together with his daughter and son-in-law, Barbara Stickley and Ben Wiles. Much of the paintings alongside the partitions is that of Skaneateles panorama painter John D. Barrow.
McKinney added that each one of the columns on the entrance porch of the Hannum House are unique to the constructing — besides one which was hit by a block of ice and knocked down and that needed to be repaired and changed afterward, a job that was executed by native contractor David Lee.
Along with the entrance porch that spans almost the whole size of the constructing and one other porch in the higher center portion of the constructing, McKinney stated the Hannum House accommodates a library and parlor on the first flooring that serve as widespread areas for all visitors to make use of throughout their stays.
The parlor additionally gives entry to a handicapped raise — the development added onto the constructing to barely prolong its size and accommodate the carry — to open the Hannum House to all visitors, together with handicapped accessible loos and visitor rooms.
The plan is to ultimately add a bar to the parlor solely for visitor use, together with “a few more appointments yet to come,” Eberhardt stated, to complete the renovations.
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“All positive,” McKinney stated of the response the Hannum House has acquired since opening in August. “They all say how they want to have the library in their own home along with the views. We’ve been very fortunate.”
According to the analysis of significance included with Eberhardt’s software for historic register standing for the Hannum House, the residence was constructed round 1840 by Spencer Hannum as a Greek Revival residence that was sq. in plan and 1.5 tales in peak.
Hannum — whose identify is now seen in the aspect road on the nook on which the Hannum House sits — established a foundry on the lake outlet and manufactured equipment for woolen mills, using 20 to 30 males. He was elected village president, a place just like mayor, in 1844 and 1859 after which served as city supervisor in 1845 and 1846.
Eberhardt’s software particulars the house’s interval of significance as when the Shepard household occupied it, renovating it in 1908 in the Colonial Revival type by elevating the roof to a full two tales and including a gable and porch to the West Genesee Street entrance of the home.
According to a bit that Winship wrote and that’s on file at the Skaneateles Historical Society Museum at the Creamery, Norman Orlando Shepard — a great-great grandson of John Shepard, the namesake of the hamlet of Shepard Settlement in the city of Skaneateles — his spouse, Selina, and their youngsters, Abbie Rosalia and Norman Joseph, moved into the house in 1898.
In 1901, Norman Joseph married Inez Ethelberta Wright, they usually constructed a house behind his father’s that turned 6 Hannum St. A barn was constructed to the east of that home and immediately behind 28 W. Genesee St. with an entrance dealing with West Genesee Street for Norman Orlando and one other entrance dealing with Hannum Street for Norman Joseph. The barn was later partially restored, and the West Genesee Street aspect homes the Patisserie bakery.
Norman Orlando was a outstanding native businessman and group chief in Skaneateles, based on Eberhardt’s software. He operated Hall & Shepard Dry Goods with Edwin Hall and later offered monetary backing for the Bowdish Manufacturing Co. boat-building enterprise. He served on the village board and as village president in 1891 and 1893 after which was named city supervisor in 1896, a place he held till 1910.
After he died in 1920, Winship wrote, 28 W. Genesee St. was transformed right into a two-family residence, and Norman Joseph and his household moved there from 6 Hannum St. Eberhardt’s software states that a hearth at the Hannum Street residence prompted Norman Joseph’s transfer into his late father’s residence.
A one-room vast, two-story addition was constructed onto the east aspect of the residence in 1923 in line with the Colonial Revival fashion, based on Eberhardt’s software, and different exterior modifications have been made to the construction. According to Winship, Norman Joseph and his household lived in a single a part of the home, whereas Selina and Abbie lived in the different.
After Selina died, Norman Joseph and Abbie lived in West Genesee Street aspect of the home whereas the Hannum Street aspect was rented. Norman Joseph’s daughter Thelma Shepard Kuhl and her household joined Abbie after his dying in 1940 and cared for her till her demise in 1957. Thelma lived in the home till her demise in 1968 when it was bought and handed out of the Shepard household.
Next yr, Eberhardt stated, he anticipates that brides might lease the complete Hannum House for his or her weddings — one thing that already occurred 4 or 5 occasions this summer time, with round the similar variety of weddings already booked for subsequent summer time — placing members of the wedding ceremony social gathering up in the lodge and utilizing it as a base for preparations and festivities.
“I’m proud of it,” he stated of lastly attaining his aim of renovating the constructing right into a lodge. “I think it’s a great addition, and it’s a fabulous corner in Skaneateles. There are not many more corners like this in the village.”
Eberhardt is proud, too, of the Hannum House’s place on the historic registers. He stated the Sherwood Inn is just not on these lists. That course of would take a few years if the constructing even qualifies for the designation, and there is perhaps sufficient of the unique integrity intact that it might.
“It’s a big deal,” Eberhardt stated of the Hannum House’s designation. “It doesn’t just automatically happen.”
McKinney added that she is proud to have a constructing that’s a part of the Sherwood Inn campus turn out to be a part of the historic register as nicely as grow to be open to visitors.
“To be able to share that anybody and everybody from around the world to travel and experience the same thing that I’ve been experiencing, I think there’s nothing that can beat that, seeing other people happy and enjoying what you are happy and enjoying,” she stated.