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The Noble Hotel Renovation Blog

After housing students, instructors, administrative offices, and serving scores of other purposes for NOLS over the last 32 years, the historic Noble Hotel is receiving some much-needed renovation.

Over the course of the next year and a half, the Noble will be undergoing significant changes. Follow along as we update you with pictures and news on the improvements being made to the hotel.

World of Difference

Main_1As fall semester students finish their courses, the hotel is finally ready to receive them in the style they deserve...

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December 13, 2006 | Permalink | Comments (4)

Noble As Home: The Third Floor

NOLS' Noble Hotel is a touchstone for thousands of students and grads. It's also a residence for many instructors who base on the Third Floor (and from various storage lockers) in cyclic, seasonal patterns. The tumult rises and falls with the calendar, but for many instructors, the Noble is home.

ThirdflrlandingWork on the Noble continues at a frienzied pace. As many Rocky Mountain students and instructors from this long, hot summer can attest, there is still plenty of dust. Numerous extension cords stretch hither and thither like large-gauge macramé. Here's a shot of the almost-completed third floor landing. Can you identify my lovely assistant in the photo?— post your guess in the "comment" section of this blog.

NoblekitchenSince instructors live on the Noble's Third Floor, industrial-strength kitchen facilities are a must. Check out the new counters and appliances in the instructor cook room.

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August 25, 2006 | Permalink | Comments (5)

Details, Details

NoblediningThe Noble dining room is shaping up— notice that much of the dark-stained trim is in place and the three new French doors at the left of the image are operable. (compare this shot with the "Chez Reagan" blog entry below)

NoblelobbyBeneath the lobby's renovated stained glass ceiling, work crews are busy re-installing the chandeliers. Between the skylight's glow and the filigreed chandeliers, there will be plenty of lobby light for hacky, reading, and celebrations.

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August 3, 2006 | Permalink | Comments (1)

Skylight, Sky Bright

Here's a shot of the Noble Lobby stained glass ceiling that's being installed. The ~12' x14' leaded glass panel hasn't been in place for decades, but it will restore a new element of historic accuracy and elegance to the high-ceilinged lobby.

This restoration, by Wyoming artist Janet Zambai, is part of our donor-funded International Base Camp Initiative.

August 2, 2006 | Permalink | Comments (2)

Por Que? Parquet?

Dsc03819Here's a shot of the new, improved dining room. The fellow crouching on the floor is applying goopy stuff to fill the seams in the newly-sanded parquet floor. Notice the three new doorways into the Noble Lobby over to the left of the photo? French doors will soon plug those holes.

Dsc03807This is one of the original stained glass windows on the mezzanine level. The main Noble Lobby will feature an even more colorful, restored stained glass ceiling/sky light.

Yes, I know about the suspect Spanish spelling and even more suspect grammar in the title— we're straining at the limits of our keyboards—but doesn't the parquet look great? Click the pics to find out.

June 19, 2006 | Permalink | Comments (1)

Chez Reagan No More: The Noble Evolves

ChezreaganFor much of the 1980's, "Chez Reagan" was the unofficial name of the Noble's dining room. Many, many course briefings and sumptuous meals occurred in this room during NOLS' tenure, and even before when it was a stand-alone fancy restaurant. Reminds me of an old story of fireworks and a pink cake inauspiciously combined...

Today, as you can see in this picture, the "Chez Reagan" is being transformed as part of the International Base Camp Initiative.

LobbyAnd speaking of near-transformation, take a look at the reconstituted Noble lobby. This is the place where NOLS students have hung out, written letters, played music and basked in front of the fireplace on their brief stints in town. It's where new (and sometimes trepedatious) students first enter NOLS when they check in at the front desk, get their room key, lug their cumbersome baggage up the stairs and into the gaggle of equally unsure strangers who become their fellow outdoor adventurers

Oh, and by the way, there have been a few parties in the lobby over the years too.

June 6, 2006 | Permalink | Comments (0)

True Grit: the Noble's Floors Anew

FloorsandingNOLS' International Base Camp Initiative includes renovating the historic Noble Hotel. One visible chunk of the donor-funded renovation is sanding the wood floors.

SandermanRemoving years of gunk, scratches, mountain boot dings, and old finish is a messy, loud and slow endeavor— even for professionals driving souped-up, Shaq-sized floor sanders like this one.

ThirdlandingCheck out the results of the elbow grease and new finish. This great grain is on the reconstituted third floor landing— part-time home of instructors for the last thirty years.

May 30, 2006 | Permalink | Comments (0)

A Noble Cause

Wow! Check out the very visible changes to the windows in NOLS' historic Noble Hotel in Lander. (click any picture)

Dsc03664_1Here's a shot showing how much light the new glass throws into the interior (pardon our dust...). That lumber in the foreground is actually the original trim being saved for re-use in the remodel.

Dsc03673The Noble renovation is part of NOLS' International Base Camp Initiative— the donor-funded campaign creating the physical framework for new ways of learning, living and teaching at NOLS.

Got a question about the Noble's progress, or a story about your time there? Drop us a note.

May 15, 2006 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Hoisting handlers

Dscn1091As rough-in nears completion at the upper levels of the hotel, air handling equipment needs to be placed for final hook-up.  This extending crane is wider then the alley- stabilizer feet push against a pipe bollard and the loading dock to stabilize the crain's boom as it raises the units almost fifty feet to the high roof...

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April 4, 2006 | Permalink | Comments (0)

Two Months, cont.

Dscn0892Insulated duct is pieced together on-site and is connected to internal and external air handling units.  The largest handler is lowered through the floor using a temporary hoist and a hole in the commons floor...Dscn0998_1

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March 30, 2006 | Permalink | Comments (0)

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