Winter 2007
Volume 11
Inside this issue:
• The Coley Building Retrofit
• The Battlehouse Hotel
• Old State Capitol Baton Rouge
• "...but the fire is so-o-o delightful!"
• As seen in...Veranda

Happy Holidays from the Deep South! This issue profiles thoughtful gifts that  keep-on giving.

The Coley Building Retrofit

The Retirement Systems of Alabama is transforming the skyline of Downtown Mobile, Alabama with the construction of a 35-story tower, the tallest in the state. Wishing to preserve in part the historic character of the city, they are incorporating into the design a newly restored 1908 Battle House Hotel and a retrofit of the 1836 Coley Building facade. This fully restored cast iron façade has been given a new purpose as the entrance to a new parking deck office.

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The Battlehouse Hotel

Mobilians can celebrate once again in the grand spaces that are the newly restored Marriott Renaisance Battlehouse Hotel. Center of life in the Port City since 1851 the hotel continues to be considered “Mobile’s Living Room”.  From its location on North Royal Street generations have watched in elegant surroundings the passing Mardi Gras parades. Joined to the RSA Tower through the Crystal Ballroom the eight storied structure contains 207 guest rooms and 12 meeting rooms.

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Old State Capitol Baton Rouge

In the 1800’s the South and particularly the state of Louisiana embraced the romantic vision of Sir Walter Scott’s Ivanhoe, a tale of 12th Century England’s chivalrous Lords and Ladies. Gothic architecture became all the rage and as such it was chosen for the State’s Capitol building, and the fencing surrounding it. At this time the plantation based economy of the South was the fifth largest in the world and no expense was spared to create a fitting governmental center in Baton Rouge.

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“….but the fire is so-o-o delightful!”

Vail, Colorado has always been known for snow skiing, scenic vistas and great accommodations. Now with the opening of The ArraBelle at Vail Square the holidays will be even brighter and warmer with custom cast fire bowls by Robinson Iron. Inspired by the European hotels of Innsbruck, Prague and Salzburg the resort offers guests the opportunity to stroll a scenic slopeside pedestrian street, enjoy music and entertainment at the lively outdoor square or sip hot cocoa around an open fire bowl!

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As seen in...Veranda

In the September 2007 Issue of Veranda  magazine an article entitled “Cozy on the Coast”  featured the incredibly romantic British Colonial styled beach house of David and Julie Allison. With an assist from architect , M.L. Waller and interior designer, Toby West the Allisons purchased a Robinson Fountain –The Roman Minimus and installed it as part of their courtyard pool.

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