The historic Granville Inn will undergo $9 million in renovations and an expansion during the next seven or eight months.
Denison University bought the renown restaurant and 30-room lodge for about $1.2 million last fall. It closed 12 days ago.
Denison’s Seth Patton, who serves as the college’s vice president for finance and management, told me the Acock Associates Architects-designed project calls for “raising the roof” with the addition of dormers to create clearance for 10 more guest rooms. The “attic” area now has a game room and one guest room.
“We had to do some roof work anyway,” Patton told me. “We’re able to create some significant, revenue-producing space upstairs.”
He added the expansion “has a lot to do with the cost.”
The renovations also will result in an upgraded kitchen and new electric wiring, HVAC and plumbing.
“We’re not changing the insides in any significant way,” Patton told me, with much of it limited to painting, new carpeting and similar house dressing.
The project has sought financial investors as the for-profit college affiliate that bought the building seeks federal and state historic preservation tax credits to lower the ultimate financial impact of the renovations.
The revamped Granville Inn will reopen next spring.