Cadillac House awarded MHPN 2019 Building Award
Infuz Ltd., Architects and our affiliate company Virtuoso Design + Build are honored to have provided architecture services and finish carpentry respectively for The Cadillac House Inn & Tavern - MHPN's 2019 Building Award winner. The inn will help bolster year-round tourism to Michigan's thumb. Learn more about the hotel from this Crain's Detroit Business article, "Cadillac House reopens with a mind for growing Thumb tourism pipeline".
2019 MHPN Highlight: Built in 1860, the Italianate-style Cadillac House is likely one of the oldest remaining hotels in the state. The hotel and restaurant served the port village of Lexington through its boom years as the Sanilac County seat and a hub for the timber and fishing industries, then transitioned to cater to tourists and vacationers in the early twentieth century. Over the years, the building’s look evolved to match the fashions of the time, including a stucco half-timbered exterior covering installed in the 1980s. Following the closure of the restaurant and sale of the building in 2016, its new owners returned the building to its original 1860s appearance, including revealing and restoring the original clapboard siding and ghost signage, replicating the historic cupola and windows, and recreating the tavern’s bar from historic photographs. The Cadillac House reopened in 2018 as a hotel and restaurant, fully reinstating it to its historic use. Through the use of historic tax credits, the project benefitted the community by returning hotel rooms to this resort community, attracting new visitors, creating new jobs, and inspiring the Village of Lexington to initiate a new master plan.
Project team:Owner/Developer: The Roxbury Group (Stacy Fox)
Architect: Infuz Ltd., Architects
General Contractor: Artisan Contracting
Finish Carpentry: Virtuoso Design+Build
Historic Consultant: Kidorf Preservation Consulting
Additional Consultants: Quinn Evans Architects