MADISON, Ind. (December 2003) A lot has changed since 1924
when the original Clifty Inn opened to guests. Located on a bluff
in Madisons picturesque Clifty Falls State Park, the modern
inn features an indoor swimming pool and hot tub, a game room, a dining
room, several meeting rooms and 67 guest rooms, four of which are
by Ruth Wright
Hinton, Clifty Inn's general manager.
Now, even more changes or rather, improvements
are slated for the inn. In February 2003, state government officials
appropriated from the 1999 General Fund Construction more than $3
million dollars for the replacement of the inns Riverview building.
Located adjacent to the main lodge on the parks south side facing
the Ohio River, the 36-room Riverview building was deemed irreparable,
according to Clifty Inn general manager Karen Hinton. During its February
2003 meeting, the state budget committee cited long-term leaks,
mold, roofing and site drainage mechanicals as some of the problems
that have compromised the building and that, if not addressed,
could result in pending facility failure.
The serious and extensive nature of the buildings problems made
it too expensive to renovate, according to Hinton. It was decided
instead that the building should be totally demolished and rebuilt.
In the same spot in place of the old three-level building will be
a new four-level facility featuring 37 guest rooms and three suites,
bringing to 71 the inns total rooms.
All rooms will be tastefully decorated in a nature theme to complement
the rest of the inn, said Hinton. The suites will be similar to those
in the main lodge, which include a kitchenette and dining area, a
living room with a fold-out couch, a large bath with a two-person
jacuzzi tub and six-head shower, and a separate bedroom.
Unlike the current Riverview building, which is detached from the
main lodge, the new building will be connected by a glass corridor.
by Ruth Wright
Riverview lodge at Clifty Falls State Park is coming down for
a new building.
Construction on the building is slated to begin next June, with completion
expected in time for the 2005 summer season, Hinton said. Several
other projects are also planned for the same time period.
The inns 250-seat Overlook conference room will be torn down
and replaced by a new and larger conference room. Nearly twice the
size of the current room, the new Overlook room will seat more than
400 and will also feature a pre-function break-out room
and two smaller meeting rooms, according to Hinton.
Outside the Overlook room, adjacent to the dining room will be a new
terraced and landscaped amphitheater, which could be used for outdoor
weddings, said Hinton.
Our goals is to make (the inn) a corporate retreat and wedding
center where we can draw larger crowds in, Hinton said about
the addition of an amphitheater and a larger conference room.
Also planned for the main lodge is an extension in the back, behind
the indoor pool, which will allow for an expanded recreation center.
The current game room, now a small room located adjacent to the pool,
will be converted to an exercise room. Games will be moved to the
new recreation center, which will also feature several new games.
Enlargement of the gift shop in the front of the inn and the Cincinnati
Lounge, which is adjacent to the dining room, are also planned.
When all is said and done, the inn will be virtually a brand-new facility.
I think Madison will be very proud of it, said Hinton.
Designs of the new lodge and main lodge additions will be provided
by Ratio Architects of Indianapolis. The company also did the design
work for the Lodge Brothers Apartment building downtown. A construction
contract has not yet been awarded.
The last renovation project at the inn took place about four years
ago, Hinton said. Then, two rennovated wings of guests rooms were
connected to the main lodge, as well as a new indoor swimming pool
and hot tub and game room.