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      Historic Mackinac Island lodge receives multi-million dollar renovation

      O ver the last century , th e adirondack lodge known as Silver Birches has housed different families, guests, and dignitaries on Mackinac Island.


      O

      ver the last century

      ,

      th

      e

      adirondack lodge known as
      Silver Birches has housed different families, guests, and dignitaries on Mackinac Island.


      B

      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.


      T

      his time last year

      ,



      W

      are wanted to escape from her big city home in
      Chicago, so she came to Mackinac Island.


      A

      nd like many visitors

      ,

      spotted th

      e

      large timber mansion hidden away in the woods

      .



      O

      nly a
      four mile bike ride away from the ferry docks.


      "

      We get a lot of email he

      re

      about

      ,



      '

      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.


      W

      are didn't waste anytime making her dream a reality.

      S

      he bought
      Silver Birches and got the permits to start a multi-million dollar renovation.


      This week,

      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

      ."


      T

      he original wood walls from 1912 are in excellent shape.

      Antique furniture is scattered throughout the lodge waiting to be used.


      B

      ut not everything is in pr

      is

      tine condition

      .



      T

      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.

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