Sol Harris Day Architecture

The urban core of Mount Vernon has been on the rise. This Victorian influenced town has a long history as a political meeting place, uniquely situated between Columbus and Cleveland. The city has a central square which brings order to downtown. The new hotel sits on a prominent corner on the square, once occupied by The Curtis Inn, a Victorian hotel built in the late 1800’s which later burned to the ground. It was replaced by a two-story motel in the 1970's which had a negative reputation and became somewhat of an eyesore on the square. The motel was demolished to make room for a brand new hotel which would honor the deep history of the original hotel, as well as the town of Mount Vernon.


  • Master Planning
  • Facility Assessments
  • Space Utilization
  • Visioning
  • Estimating/Scheduling
  • Sustainable Design
  • Branding
  • Visualizations and Graphics
  • Architecture
  • Interior Design
  • FF&E
  • Construction Services
  • Owners Rep
  • Move Management

The recent completion of The Grand Hotel showcased how your architects, interior designers and construction management team work seamlessly from start to finish to meet and exceed our expectations.

Denny Taylor, Senior Director of Facilities Operations, Mount Vernon Nazarene University

Building Organization

The new sophisticated hotel was designed with a Victorian style that introduces modern amenities, maintaining its relationship to the town square and Main Street, while delivering a luxurious experience to hotel guests. The breakfast room and balcony face the historic square, as do the upgraded corner suites on all floors. A formal parlor, adorned with a fireplace and crystal chandelier, provides hotel guests a place to relax or read while being swept to another time. A dramatic spiral staircase connects a lower floor entry on Main Street and the 2nd floor lobby entry on the square via a two-story dining and entry space. The Ball Room on the first floor seats up to 125 people and can be reserved for special occasions. 

Interior Concept

The interiors of the hotel create a rich, elegant environment. Inspired by tours of several Victorian-era residences in the Mount Vernon area, designers sourced materials and furnishings that would resemble those found in the Victorian era. Heavily patterned textiles, rugs, and wallcoverings adorn the rooms, accented by a palette of deep colors typical of the period. Although new, the light fixtures and furniture were specifically chosen to reflect the era as well. Special consideration was given to all elements, down to the smallest details including window treatments, artwork, and linens.


  • As an extension of the Mount Vernon Nazarene University campus amenities, the new 5-story, 46-room hotel provides unique lodging for students’ family and friends that visit for special events such as graduation and tournaments
  • Spaces include a business center, two conference spaces, fitness center, parlor, breakfast area, and single and double rooms, as well as 7 unique Victorian-era suites
  • Businesses such as The Ariel Corporation, MVNU and other local companies, as well as recreational tourists, provide a steady stream of guests to the hotel

Your ability to help us establish the budget early on and keep the project in budget throughout was significant to the University. Your stewardship of our budget enhances our mission of modest means for enduring quality.

Denny Taylor, Senior Director of Facilities Operations

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