Amherst's "Living Room"

The Lord Jeffery Inn Reopens, Along with Amherst’s “Living Room”

Submitted on Friday, 2/3/2012, at 10:52 AM


By Peter Rooney

Opening day was fast approaching and General Manager Robert Reeves was a whirling dervish of energy as he led an impromptu tour through the Lord Jeffery Inn, just days before its official opening on Thursday, Jan. 5 and more than three years after it closed for extensive renovations. On today’s to-do list for Reeves and his crew: unload boxes, hang paintings, clean construction dust, arrange restaurant furniture, begin staff training and compile invitation lists for various opening events.

Lord Jeffery Inn Renovations Begin

Local news outlets took interest when the Lord Jeffery Inn project began again at the end of May 2010.

FYI

  • The college has green-lighted the renovation of the Lord Jeffery Inn, which has been closed for more than a year. While reduced in scope from the plan initially proposed in 2008, the project will involve renovating the 49 guest rooms and adding event space and an expanded restaurant. The plan is to begin construction this spring and reopen in spring 2011.

The Renovation of the Lord Jeffery Inn

The upcoming renovations of the Lord Jefferey Inn in Amherst were the topic of articles in the Daily Hampshire Gazette (registration required) and the Springfield Republican.

Staying the Night

By Emily Gold Boutilier

In 1926, Bing Crosby cut his first record, Americans began to get their kicks on U.S. Route 66, and the future Queen Elizabeth II was born. At Amherst, the year marked, among other things, the opening of the Lord Jeffery Inn.

Intended to look like a historic Neo-Georgian Colonial, the Jeff quickly became a popular sleeping and dining place on the Amherst town common. But today, the building not only feels historic; it also feels out-of-date.

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