To be selected for membership in Historic Hotels of America, a hotel must be at least 50 years old; has been designated by the U.S. Secretary of the Interior as a National Historic Landmark; listed in or eligible for the National Register of Historic Places or recognized locally as having historic significance.
The hotel opened in Madison, Wisconsin 65 years ago and quickly became one of the city’s main attractions with its location on the shore of Lake Mendota.
Famous celbs who have graced its halls range from Elvis Presley to Sammy Davis Jr. and Elton John to Bob Marley.
Local developer Robert Dunn acquired The Edgewater and plans to redevelop the property with an eye toward its historic significance. The new hotel will feature the preserved façade of the old hotel with entirely new interiors, as well as the addition of a new tower and a large public plaza. After the redevelopment the property will have more than 200 guestrooms, four dining options, a state-of-the art fitness and wellness center, a multitude of indoor and outdoor event spaces (including two rooftop spaces), and an outdoor skating rink in winter.