Construction of a restaurant on the roof of the Yorktowne Hotel, updating the facade

Yorktowne Hotel’s renovations are starting to shine on the outside as the Graham Rooftop Lounge takes shape overlooking the city from an upper floor. Facade work is expected to begin soon along East Market Street.

Over the past two weeks, a system of raised deck pavers from the roof has been completed. This will serve as the exterior flooring for the rooftop lounge, according to Kim Hogeman, director of strategic development for the York County Industrial Development Authority.

The Graham Rooftop Lounge takes shape atop the Yorktowne Hotel on May 10, 2022 as cobblestones and risers were recently installed.  The hotel is expected to open this fall.

An existing roof structure was extended with masonry, blending the new with the old. Elevator service will reach the roof for the first time as well as new stair access. When complete, the rooftop event venue will have a capacity of 150 people outdoors and 50 indoors, Hogeman said.

This is an artist's rendition of what the Graham Rooftop Lounge will look like atop the Yorktowne Hotel.

Back on the first floor, the renovation of the ballroom ceiling is almost complete. Scaffolding, which had been in place for months to gain access to the ceiling, will be removed and work can begin to remove paint from the glass of the large ballroom windows and restore them, Hogeman added.

Restoration of the Ballroom ceiling is nearing completion at the Yorktowne Hotel on May 10, 2022. Then the scaffolding will fall and restoration will begin on the windows, removing paint from the glass.

Recently, a worker was busy polishing parts of Cutler’s iconic brass mail chute system before they were reinstalled during the refurbishment. The system of brass slots and brass-framed glass chutes collected mail dropped off from the upper guest floors in the Yorktowne lobby.

Tom Beck of Kinsley Construction works polishing Cutler's iconic mail chutes May 10, 2022 which will be relocated to the Yorktowne Hotel.  Brass light fixtures and their glass enclosures carried mail from the upper floors to the lobby.

The restoration process was exhaustive. Historical details must be approved by the National Park Service and also by Hilton. “Every section that has an ornate feature, we do a test section to make sure everyone likes it, and then we move on. That way we don’t have to go back and redo everything,” said Hogeman said.

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The next major visual changes the public will see are the restoration of the East Market Street and South Duke Street facades. Patio doors with sidelights will replace the bricked-up doors along the street. Hogeman described that the bumps on East Market and South Duke will be removed to be replaced with the same door treatment. The stripped capital will be restored.

An artist's rendition shows the facade of the restored Yorktowne Hotel.  The double doors that were originally part of the facade, which were later filled in, will be restored and opened onto East Market Street.

According to Hogeman, most of the pieces to be finished are in place for exterior work, and the construction team is waiting for the stone trim to arrive before work can begin.

The facade of the new main entrance at the rear of the hotel should also begin to take shape.

The new facade of the new entrance at the rear of the Yorktowne Hotel should soon begin to take place, on the right.  Interior lighting will be added to the former Lutheran Church of Christ building, left, as this property will eventually become part of the Yorktowne Hotel campus.  Here's what the buildings looked like on May 10, 2022.

Hogeman said the entire project will be completed this fall. “I’m confident. I planted my line in the sand. Her expectations are self-interested as she booked her own wedding at the hotel in October. ‘And I’m not going to have my wedding in the parking lot.’

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