By Greg Thompson, Fort Knox News Contributing WriterAugust 4, 2017
Yeomans Hall has served as a little bit of everything on Fort Knox.
Opening in 1935, the historic building, located at 1117 Sixth Ave., was once used as bachelor officer quarters, held an accounting office, as well as, post protocol office.
A barber shop, located in the building, remains there to this day although, according to Gretchen Griffin, general manager of Lendlease's lodging portfolio, they do not oversee that portion of the building.
For the purpose of elevating the guest experience, Griffin said, extensive renovations are taking place in two phases.
Upgrades to the interior of Yeomans Hall is included in phase one with new furniture, fixtures and equipment.
Walls and trim have received a fresh coat of paint, original hardwood floors were restored to their original beauty and the kitchen prep area has been updated.
Other upgrades include installation of a state-of-the-art fitness room, new shower doors, new lighting and rewiring of the electrical in all guest rooms, new mechanical ventilation, new hot water source and attic insulation.
Additional phase one upgrades includes contractors working on the exterior of Yeomans Hall. The roof was repaired and covered with period-appropriate clay tiles. All trim, cornicing and soffits have been painted. The entire building and concrete flatwork was pressure washed.
Contractors installed new copper gutters and downspouts, added code-compliant stairwell handrails, stripped and painted handrails in other areas of the facility, stripped and painted stairwell walls and added eye-pleasing landscaping.
Completion of phase one is expected around Aug. 7, Griffin said.
Phase two of the project will be to remodel the first floor on the east side. That 2,700 square-foot area is currently being used for storage.
This part of the renovation will convert the space into two additional distinguished visitor quarters suites and one four-star general's apartment.
The general's apartment will be a two-bedroom, 1,100 square-foot apartment with a full kitchen, dining area, living room area and upgraded finishes.
This portion of Yeomans Hall has a projected completion date around the end of October.
The scope of work being done to the 82-year-old structure, said Griffin, is being done to bring the facility to InterContinental Hotels Group Historia Collection brand standards.
This collection is an Army-specific brand created to celebrate the rich heritage that house many on-post guests, she said.
Yeomans Hall is one of the facilities with historic character and IHG, as well as Lendlease, wants to preserve and maintain that distinct look with up-to-date fixtures and furnishings that compliment and remain true to the building's original design.
Griffin said Yeomans Hall is the only historic building in Fort Knox's lodging portfolio and the only building used exclusively to service DVQ guests.
Other lodgings on post include Newgarden Inn with 196 rooms, Wickam Inn with 105 rooms, along with Craig, Knierim and Steindam apartments.
Lendlease and IHG are the only lodging providers on Fort Knox.
Reservations can be made by visiting, ihgarmyhotels.com, or by calling the reservations line at (877) 711-TEAM (8326).