Historic Mackinac Island lodge receives multi-million dollar renovation
ver the last century
adirondack lodge known as
Silver Birches has housed different families, guests, and dignitaries on Mackinac Island.
ut it hasn't been used as a lodge since the 1960s and for the last
seven years, it has been boarded up. Until now.
When I walk through the property and got to the point where you can see the water
and see the architecture on the back of the house, I was blown away by how majestic it was," Silver Birches owner Liz Ware recalled.
his time last year
are wanted to escape from her big city home in
Chicago, so she came to Mackinac Island.
nd like many visitors
large timber mansion hidden away in the woods
four mile bike ride away from the ferry docks.
We get a lot of email he
what is that abandon place on the other side of the island
and I think so many people dream about what they can do with it
," Mackinac Island Visitor's Bureau Director Mary McGuire said.
are didn't waste anytime making her dream a reality.
Silver Birches and got the permits to start a multi-million dollar renovation.
two cottages on the property are getting a facelift and crews are inside the main lodge painting and cleaning up.
When you look at the outside you can see how dilapidated it is
," Ware said. "
But when you get inside the lodge it's an surprisingly good condition
he original wood walls from 1912 are in excellent shape.
Antique furniture is scattered throughout the lodge waiting to be used.
ut not everything is in pr
he building has to be modernized and
Ware faces a number of challenges to do so.
Everything has to be done in the challenges of having to do it with bicycles and horses makes it even harder
but not impossible
," Ware explained.