As of September 2007, renovation progress for the Old Faithful Inn could be estimated as being about 2/3 done. Work on the lobby is
essentially complete, interior renovations of the Old House guest rooms in the east wing (the wing facing Old Faithful) have been
done. Reshingling of the roof was still being done in late summer.
The only major remaining projects are the renovation of Old House guest rooms in the west wing and the reconstruction of the
chimney so that all fireplaces will be open and usable.
Renovations to the Old House rooms in the east wing
The renovations of the guest rooms in the East wing of the Old House section (the section that faces Old Faithful
geyser) have been completed. Here are some of the changes and improvements now in place:
---The old floors have been removed and replaced. Dark stained floorboards are now visible around the perimeter
of each room, while carpeting is attached to the center. The floors now do not creak when walked upon.
---The boards of the walls were numbered, disassembled, and reassembled so that updated wiring could be
concealed and sheetrock insulation added for greater soundproofing between rooms .
---The ceiling was lowered slightly so that piping from sprinkler systems could be hidden .
---The old, yellow 1940s-era sinks have been removed and new coppertop installations with an inset washbowl and
retro hot and cold water fixtures have been added. The washbowl is reflective of the original room setup 100 years
ago, which used a water pitcher and washbowls in each room (running water was not used in the rooms at that time)
---Recastings of period-style radiators are now being used, heated with hot water rather than steam. The present
radiators operate quietly without the hissing and clanging that most guests of the first 100 years would have
remembered from original steam radiators. Temperature controls give the visitor the ability to regulate heat when it
is turned on. (As previously, heat is still turned off and on for all room radiators by inn staff through a central
---There are now multiple electric outlets along baseboards.
---Each Old House room features a mirror placed in a frame made of original flooring that was removed in 2005.
---The windows were reglazed, though not replaced.
Renovations to the lobby
The lobby appears to be in place and ready for another 100 years of use. As mentioned in earlier reports, these
changes include the following:
---A stronger foundation has been put under the main floor--unseen by the visitor, but significant for improved
structural stability of the building.
---Concealed steel reinforcements added for greater stability, including under earthquake conditions and heavy
---A recessed area added around the fireplace, in keeping with the original design of the Old Faithful Inn .
---The old square box speakers removed and replaced with less obtrusive speakers.
---An old, suspended circulating heater near the entrance to the gift shop area has been removed.
---The Pony express snack shop has been redesigned, and new, retro public restrooms were added nearby .
---The registration desk has been expanded in size, and now includes the information desk .
---The old information desk near the entrance to the dining room has been replaced by a desk for dining services .
---Maple flooring has been replaced with much lighter hardwood flooring .
---Rugs reflective of the early Native-American-style rugs original to the Inn have been installed in the lobby.
At the time of this report, only reshingling of the roof was being done. Other exterior work has been completed and
the overall exterior appearance has changed little except for the addition of 8 flagpoles to the roof, the number that
was used originally.
Brief summary of the current state of renovations
|Old Faithful Inn Renovation Update Fall 2007
|All photos this page Â© F. Markley and may not be used without permission in writing.
|(Please see bottom of page for more detailed description of renovation progress)
|Photos from August 14 to August 22, 2007
|(For larger views please click photos)
Protective walkway shields pedestrians during east wing
Post-renovation appearance of the lobby interior.
Post-renovation appearance of a typical Old House room
Detail view of retro washbowl-type sinks with coppertop
washstands, added during renovation.
More complete view of washbowl-type
sinks with new coppertop washstands.
Recastings of period-style radiators are used in Old
House rooms, now heated by hot water rather than steam.
Roofers working on the east wing (front side) of the Old Faithful Inn. Late sleepers in the guest rooms below were reminded each
weekday morning that the Old Faithful Inn renovation was still in progress.
Another view of work in progress on the east side, front of
the Old Faithful Inn.
Behind the Old Faithful Inn, areas were blocked off to
maintain safety for pedestrians below.
Two photos of work in progress on the roof behind the Old Faithful Inn.
|Old Faithful Inn Renovations as of Fall 2007