There’s so much talk these days about the happenings up in Beacon, New York, from the Dia:Beacon, undoubtedly the area’s biggest attraction, to the locally sourced restaurants lining the Hudson. And if you’re hoping to make this upstate getaway longer than just a day trip, the Roundhouse at Beacon Falls can accommodate much more than just your overnight stay.
Aryeh Siegel, unofficial “architect of Beacon,” was enlisted by developer Robert A. McAlpine to restore and adaptively resue the buildings on this 9-acre, 19th century industrial site located on the Fishkill Creek. They were transformed into a complex including a hotel, restaurant, and event space. Historically appropriate, modern private residences were added, and the former power house is being reconstructed to provide hydro-electric power, which will account for 60% of the hotel’s energy. The Rockwell Group outfitted the hotel and restaurant interiors with a contemporary yet rustic design esthetic, incorporating pieces from local artisans.
The Roundhouse at Beacon Falls is bisected by Fishkill Creek, which romantically falls over a horizontal ledge before joining with the Hudson River. When the site was constructed, it was a priority to maximize views of the waterfall and creek from all angles. Another key goal in creating the upstate retreat was to utilize the materials already available on the property. Historic bricks were used to reconstruct the exterior walls, and original wood beams support many of the ceilings.
The historic buildings on the site once manufactured industrial-grade felt and fur hats. They also housed the factory of Swift lawnmowers, hence the name of the Swift restaurant. The dining component of the project, Swift can seat up to 100 guests and features an outdoor patio. The bathroom doors, tables, and hallway wood paneling were crafted from old floorboards found throughout the site.
The 2EM lounge (named for the site’s address, 2 East Main Street) is highlighted by the chandelier, crafted by Beacon-based vendor Niche Modern, and the bar with a nickel-cerused walnut surface and gold-cerused oak face.
The hotels penthouse is a calming apartment-style suite, solidified by the rustic ceiling beams. A freestanding Jacuzzi tub divides the sleeping and living spaces, and looks out on the outdoor terrace. Now, let’s not all check the Roundhouse’s availability at once!
Photos © Eric Laignel for Aryeh Seigel and Roundhouse at Beacon Falls