Renovations at Lenox's historic Blantyre estate continue
Clarence Fanto is reporting for The Berkshire Eagle the owners of the historic Blantyre estate in Lenox, Mass., are taking the next step to complete major renovations to the 25-room resort, which has been closed for 13 months. Developer and historic preservation specialist Clark Lyda and co-owner Ken Fulk, an interior designer and preservationist, will seek approval of revisions to the first phase of the project at a Zoning Board hearing to be held in January. The estimated cost of the renovation is more than $10 million, Lyda said, and would include exterior and interior work, cosmetic improvements and landscaping. “It’s a big, ambitious project, there’s a lot of work to be done,” Lyda said. The existing permit covers a major expansion of the resort including the addition of 45 rooms in a new hotel and spa building and five four-unit townhouses, bringing the total for the resort to 90. The resort will remain closed until late 2023 when the restoration of the mansion is completed, Lyda said. Blantyre is one of the grand Berkshire cottages built during the Gilded Age. It was constructed in 1902 by Robert Paterson, a wealthy New York City businessman and is named for his mother's ancestral home in Scotland. Blantyre was transformed into a hotel in the 1940s and sits on almost 88 acres. Lyda said the mansion was in far worse shape than expected when he purchased it in November 2021 for $15 million. The property was formerly owned by the daughter of the late Jack and Jane Fitzpatrick of Red Lion Inn and Country Curtains fame. Read more in The Berkshire Eagle.