Crafting York’s story: Yorktowne Hotel seeks local artists for renovation project

York County artisans and craftspeople have an opportunity to literally leave their mark on the Yorktowne Hotel project.

The York County Industrial Development Authority and the interior design team are seeking proposals for artistic and fixture elements as part of the $30 million renovation of the Yorktowne Hotel. The authority has partnered with the Cultural Alliance of York County to tap into the community’s creativity.

Now that the Yorktowne is part of Hilton hotel chain’s Tapestry Collection, a move that was announced earlier this month, the design team is hoping to infuse elements from local artists that reflect not only the history, but also the spirit of York. Hilton’s Tapestry brand applies to a collection of about 10 boutique hotels, each with its own personality. 

“The Tapestry Collection by Hilton brand allows the unique personality of its properties to shine through,” said Jack Kay, chairman of the authority. “We have a large talent pool of artists in the York community … and to be able to sprinkle a little bit of York throughout the project makes it more uniquely York.”

The Yorktowne Hotel, Tapestry Collection by Hilton will feature 121 guest rooms with two floors of one-bedroom suites tailored for extended-stay and executive guests; a circular arrival plaza along the hotel’s south side that will offer accessible entry to the hotel lobby; new elevators; and a full-service restaurant and cafe.

Artists and fabricators have the opportunity to design everything from uniquely crafted room numbers and railings to paintings and sculptural elements.

“We want to be able to walk through the finished Yorktowne in late 2019 and point to everything from outdoor public art to numbers on the room doors and know that artists in York County helped to create it,” said Mary Anne Winkelman, president of the Cultural Alliance. “Those touches will tell the York story throughout the Yorktowne Hotel.”

Similar to the networking mixer that the authority and Kinsley Construction Inc. held in April to encourage contractors throughout the city to get involved, the design team is looking to rally artists, Kay said. A meeting between artists and the design team will be scheduled soon. 

Kay noted that more than a dozen small-business owners have gone through a follow-up after attending the mixer and inquired about the additional work necessary to remain involved the bidding process.

Bidding for the project will continue this summer.

Those interested in having their work as part of the interior design of the Yorktowne Hotel can sign up online or contact the Cultural Alliance at 717-812-9255 by June 22.


Emily Thurlow
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