Tahoe Biltmore to be renovated
CRYSTAL BAY – The Tahoe Biltmore Lodge & Casino is scheduled for a $3-million renovation, which will be completed in three phases by fall 2001.Architect Peter Wilday of Wilday Architects, headquartered in Reno, designed the remodel.The plans were created to capture the Old Tahoe Lodge architecture of the 1940s. Building elements characteristic of that period, such as pitched roofs, dormer windows, crown molding, wrought-iron railings and river-rock fireplaces are featured in the design.Remodeling projects scheduled for winter include reconstruction of the lobby, hotel front desk, gift shop and administrative offices. The exterior is slated for a face-lift next spring pending design approval by the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency.A wedding chapel will also be constructed at this time. The Cafe Biltmore, Pub & Grille and hotel rooms have already been refurbished.The new lobby will feature a historical photographic montage. Many never-before-seen pictures, such as a shot of Jackie Kennedy Onassis and Robert Kennedy boating in a woodie, will be on display.The photographs tie in with the property’s rich history. Joseph Blumfeld built the Tahoe Biltmore in 1946.Since its development, there have been a number of owners, such as Lincoln Fitzgerald of Detroit. Fitzgerald was a former member of Detroit’s Purple Gang and is credited with being the first individual to put a restaurant in a casino in Reno.From the 1940s to 1950s, many notable celebrities including Phyllis Diller, Rudy Vallee, Soupy Sales and Regis Philbin performed in the property’s Nevada Room. Today, the Tahoe Biltmore continues to host well-known performers on a nightly basis.For more information, contact the Tahoe Biltmore at (800) 245-8667 or visit the Web site at http://www.tahoebiltmore.com.
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