Regents, former Regents, members of the building committee, numerous alumni, and representatives from architect Earl Swensson Associates and other vendors joined Charlestowne Hotels and university administrators on June 8 for the formal dedication of the new Sewanee Inn. The inn’s public spaces were filled with the sound of conversation as guests mingled and explored the rooms, parlors and galleries during a reception before the dedication ceremony.
Provost John Swallow began the program with welcoming remarks, calling the Inn the perfect venue for extending generous hospitality to friends both old and new. He then introduced Vice-Chancellor John McCardell.
McCardell recalled the goal for the new Inn, which “should extend hospitality to guests on a scale and at a level commensurate with the quality of the university.” He recognized and thanked many of those in attendance for helping to achieve that goal: architects, contractors and designers, Regents and former Regents who were involved in the planning, and the many Sewanee friends who made investments in the Inn.
The Birmingham and Nashville Suites were made possible by members of the Sewanee Clubs in those cities, and the Sewanee Club of Charleston sponsored the Lookout Parlor. Other named spaces reflect gifts from individuals, families, classes, Sewanee’s Phi Delta Theta chapter—and the Sewanee Temperance League. (See some of their stories here.)
McCardell gave a brief history of guest housing on the Mountain, reminding everyone that the last inn on the same site, built in 1957, had been a “destination” for visitors from middle Tennessee and beyond. He concluded that today the new Inn offers suitable accommodations that will “extend Sewanee’s tradition of generous hospitality for many years to come.”
The unveiling of the dedication plaque and prayers by the chancellor and university chaplain closed the ceremony. Learn more about the new Inn, or make a reservation, here.
Did you know that 75 percent of the wood for the floors in the Inn was harvested on 1.75 acres of the Domain? The project gave forestry students an opportunity to look at real-world questions, provided resources for construction, and boosted the local economy. This five-minute video describes the forestry research and the production process, about which Domain Manager Nate Wilson says, “Hopefully we can help sustain not only the ecology of the South Cumberland region, but also the forest-based economy.”