Loews Annapolis Hotel is undergoing a $4 million renovation that will turn a piece of the city's past into new meeting and conference space.
The 214-room hotel is adding 4,500 square feet of meeting space inside a familiar city landmark that has served as home to the old Annapolis Power Station, the Annapolis Dairy and the Annapolis Bus Company.
The project, to be completed in September, will retain the outside of the building's design, right down to the "Powerhouse" sign, while converting the inside into meeting and conference rooms, said DianaT. Kaiser, a hotel spokeswoman.
The old Washington/Baltimore & Annapolis Railroad erected the three-story building in 1910 as a substation that provided electricity for the railroad and the entire city of Annapolis.
Forced to stop selling electricity after losing an anti-trust suit, the railroad sold the power station to the Annapolis Dairy in 1929.
The company produced and stored dairy products thereuntil closing in 1951, then leased it to the Annapolis Bus Company, which owned the building until 1978.
Last year, Loews Corporation purchased the former Radisson Annapolis Hotel, along with the old dairy building that's about to become the city's newest gathering place for businesses, trade groups and associations.
The hotel, built byRadisson a few years ago, is the only four-star hotel in the area and one of the few in the state.
Kaiser said the expansion will add seven conference and meeting rooms that could be divided into more, for smaller gatherings.
The additional meeting space should help the hotel keep up with demand generated by the historic capital's growing popularity as a site for meetings and conferences,she said.
An Annapolis architectural firm, Reithlignshoefer, Smith and Associates,designed the project, which began in January.
Renovation of the Corinthian Restaurant, modeled after the formal dining rooms of historic Maryland homes, along with the corridors, guest rooms, suites, lobby, atrium and lounge, has been completed.
The Loews Annapolis Hotel is one of 14 owned by the Loews Hotels chain, a division of Loews Corporation.