Enhancing The Manor's Grand Facade

The Now Completed Process of Seemlessly Blending the Old With the New

Along with extensive renovations to The Manor’s many interior spaces, so too came updates and upgrades to the building’s exterior. The multi-million dollar project included plans to extend the eastern portion of the second floor façade to add more symmetry to the front of the building, without growing the overall footprint of The Manor or impacting the beauty and size of surrounding grounds. 

 Project Manager Keri Knowles, alongside The Manor's Vice President and Co-Owner, Kurt Knowles, overseeing the process of adding the structural steel framework that would eventually become the new rooftop ballroom. 

The structural changes were engineered to take advantage of the previously underutilized outdoor terrace while seamlessly blending the new construction with the existing look of the original façade.

The Knowles family, owners of The Manor, went through great effort with their architects and engineers to design the best options feasible that could maintain the old world charm and traditional look of the English mansion aesthetic, while enhancing the grandeur and scale of The Manor.

The renovation team carefully deconstructed a substantial portion of the existing brickwork to accommodate the area of new construction. Upon completion of the structural changes, skilled masons painstakingly blended new brickwork into the original structure, maintaining a seamless, stately aged brick façade. Additional materials were employed to match the overall aesthetic and color palette for which The Manor is well known.

The multi-phase exterior design and construction process, with careful attention to materials, scale, and the overall historic look of the structure, has resulted an even more grand first impression upon rounding The Manor’s curving drive to our venue.

Now upon arrival, guests will be greeted with the warm glow of an endless palette of colors that can been seen through the plethora of floor-to-ceiling windows in The Manor’s new rooftop Garden Room.

Additional façade enhancements included the installation of new exterior wall sconces on both new and preexisting areas of the building, providing improved lighting and a period appropriate look. 

New retractable awnings have also been installed on the exterior, above the floor-and-ceiling windows of The Starlight Gardens, our conservatory room that runs the length of the east side of The Manor and looks out onto our fountain courtyard and grand waterfall. This room is adjoined to our ground level Imperial Ballroom to which The Manor has also recently made updates. 

Completed exterior renovations also encompassed the creation of an all-new main entryway. Changes included the custom production of large-scale double doors.

To match the scale of the entry and provide yet another element for an inspiring first impression, The Manor invested in the addition of exquisitely-designed, finely-detailed leaded glass windows.

Not missing an opportunity to exhibit craftsmanship and layer design, the Knowles family commissioned a glass artist to create original pieces for the entryway. They selected an artisan who has provided her artistry for hundreds of antique stained glass restorations to preserve historic treasures as well the design of new installations for this specialty craft. With the installation of the glasswork in four large-scale doors at the entrance and vestibule as well flanking complementary windows offering glimpses of the renovated lobby, the effect is nothing short of stunning. These and many other refinements at every step of the renovation process demonstrate the level of quality The Manor continually seeks to embellish.

  (Left) One of the comissioned glass artist's windows, installed in our newly designed vestibule, offering views of our two-story lobby and reflections of our other hand-crafted exterior windows. (Right) One of four ornate windows for The Manor's entry doors, in the processof being crafted in the artist's studio.

With a focus on improving functionality, providing modern amenities, building upon The Manor’s timeless charm, and furthering the grandeur of the venue, the Knowles family went to great expense and planning for every detail of the renovation project, inside and out.

We hope that on your next visit, as you walk along our brick-lined path or drive up to our entrance, you’ll experience the sprawling façade and surrounding property and agree that after well over a half-century in successful operation, The Manor only continues to refine its grand aesthetic, and sets the stage for a memorable first impression for you and your guests.

A Brief Overview of Our Renovations
Recently, The Manor has embarked on a new era of growth and change, undertaking an extensive multi-year, multi-phase revitalization project. Continuing to build upon our success, this multi-million dollar endeavor has included an array of upgrades, renovations, and changes to the physical structure of the building. As many of our guests have already experienced, the early phases of this ambitious initiative included a completely new foyer and lobby, enlarging and redesigning the aesthetics and physical structure of these spaces, making them more airy, open and welcoming. 

Making a Grand Entrance
One of the ambitious redesign goals of The Manor’s renovation project was to create an entirely new, more welcoming, airy, and grand first impression for guests walking through our doors. Part of that plan included significantly opening up our lobby. An by opening up, that meant going up—removing a large part of the floor of the second story above the lobby to create a two-story view. Doing so required the removal of not just one ceiling, but two. Read More >>

Selecting and Installing our Chandelier
To fill the lofty area created by the opening up of the lobby to two full floors, the Knowles family and The Manor's renovation team looked for a focal piece worthy of the grand scale of the room. They concentrated their attention on finding a central design element that would be large enough in size to match the scale of the space, but light and airy enough to complement the fresh, lively new aesthetic of the lobby.  Read More >>

Uncovering and Restoring a Hidden Gem
The Manor’s renovation crew uncovered the original arched windows, still in tact and in place inside the walls. Inspired by this discovery of The Manor’s past, the Knowles family, known for their appreciation of history and tradition, along with their architects and design team, worked to find a way to incorporate these relics into the new aesthetic. Read More >>

The Creation of an All-New Ladies' Lounge
Not to leave any aspect of our guests’ experience unattended to, the Knowles family incorporated plans for an entirely new ladies lounge. Built on the first floor in the heart of our historic building, the new accommodations now offer a more centralized and easily accessible location.  Read More >>

The Creation of an All-New Men's Lounge
Just below The Manor’s lobby on the lower level, is our newly-constructed men’s lounge. With rigid, rich wood elements, substantive leather seating, two high-definition television screens, and an array of other more masculine elements, this Manor man cave is another unique room newly-built from the ground-up for our guests’ enjoyment.  Read More >>

Installation of a New Elevator
In order to provide a more convenient and centralized means for our guests to travel from floor to floor in The Manor’s sprawling mansion, the Knowles family incorporated into the renovation project, plans to create a new elevator system. Making this possible would be no small feat and come at no small cost. Building a modern service with very technical requirements around the bones of a historic building proved to be a major engineering challenge.  Read More >>

Showcasing The Manor's Storied Past
Now hanging in The Manor, along the reconfigured walls of the former Carolina Room, is a gallery of images that reflects upon the long and storied history of our restaurant and event venue. Set on richly-adorned, earth-toned damask-patterned walls, the photos, now framed and engraved, mark special moments in time. The images are but a small sampling of the events across the years that we’ve hosted and the people with whom we’ve enjoyed them. Read More >>

A More Welcoming Vestibule
In their renovation planning, the Knowles family’s mission was to not only refresh, brighten and revitalize the look and feel of The Manor, but to also find ways of further improving the appeal of the public spaces to make them more welcoming and comfortable for our guests. Some of these improvements have been realized even with the first step through our doors.  Read More >>

The Garden Room - A Reimagined Banquet Space
Recognizing the importance of offering an entirely private and separate reception space apart from our other event rooms for wedding couples, corporate events and social gatherings, the Knowles family, owners of The Manor, established plans to completely gut, enlarge, and modernize our second floor. With designs for a new restroom, bridal suite, service areas, pre-function space, and banquet room, The Manor set in play the creation an entirely self-sufficient and self-contained party space. Our brides would now have a complete, thoroughly- and thoughtfully-designed exclusive rooftop space for their receptions.  Read More >>

The New Garden Room Bridal Suite
As part of The Manor’s newly constructed rooftop ballroom, we’ve designed a special space just for the bride. Our Garden Room Bridal Suite offers a cozy private sanctuary to escape and prepare for the events of the day. With a private restroom, easy elevator access and located directly adjacent to the event space, the Garden Room Bridal Suite provides for all of the newlywed’s needs. Our design team, led by Keri Knowles, carefully selected bold patterns, rich fabrics, and regal colors that would create a luxe look and feel that every bride deserves on her special day.  

Our Enchanting New Rotunda Bridal Suite
As yet another entirely unique, authentic space at The Manor, our newly revamped Rotunda Bridal Suite now offers our brides a lush, romantic getaway to prepare for their special day. This space has been re-imagined from a public ladies’ lounge to serve as a private suite exclusively for our bride and her bridal party.  Read More >>

Following a Long Tradition of Master Craftsmen
The Manor has enjoyed over a half-century history of fostering a holistic approach to its business, to keep as much of what defines us within our own family of operations. A vital part of sustaining that ethic is our tradition of supporting the work of true artisans and incorporating their talents into all that we do.  This may make us a larger business to manage, and a more costly one to operate, but we believe that it also improves the quality and authenticity of the experience we can provide to our guests.  Read More >>

Skilled Craftsmen at Work: Our Decorative Painter
Aliya Riaz, the creative force behind the award-winning decorative art and design firm Portfauxlio, Inc. was tasked with leveraging her talents across a wide range of projects throughout the recent renovations. Whether it was decorative painting, gilding, glazing, applying specialty finishes, or unique plaster work, her contributions helped to successfully revitalize antique pieces, blend new construction with old, and further enhance the grand aesthetic of The Manor while maintaining its authentic charm and hand-crafted appeal.  Read More >>

Skilled Craftsmen at Work: Our In-House Upholsterer
For decades at The Manor, one man has been responsible for a very specific element of the venue’s décor. Gerd Dagne, an upholsterer trained in the art of design with fabrics, has sewn, assembled, installed, and maintained practically every piece of ornate drapery hung at The Manor and its sister properties for more than 30 years. His talents in this cut & sew craft have stood the test of time, while many others in the profession have not. In an age where labor-intensive craftsmanship has become too costly and attention to hand-made detail is less appreciated, only those with a reputation for quality and skill have flourished.  Read More >>

Skilled Craftsmen at Work: Our In-House Upholsterer
More like family by now than employee, Patricio Guzman has been keeping The Manor’s appurtenances well-covered in fine fabrics for decades. If you’ve ever sat in a chair at The Manor, then you’ve experienced his handiwork. Whether in The Dome or the dining room, a banquet chair or a baroque settee, Mr. Guzman has upholstered it.  Read More >>

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The Manor has undertaken an extensive multi-year, multi-phase revitalization project.

Continuing to build upon our success, this multi-million dollar endeavor has included an array of upgrades, renovations, and changes to the physical structure of the building.

Many of these improvements are already in place, while others are soon to be ready for our guests' enjoyment.

Our All-New Garden Room is Now Open for Wedding Receptions, Social Banquets, Corporate Events, and Other Private Parties.

This Unique Two-Room Event & Celebration Space Includes a Ballroom that can Accommodate up to 80 Guests.

Click Here to Contact Us for Room Details and Booking Information.