Centerbrook renovated the historic Noble Hotel in downtown Lander, Wyoming. The hotel was purchased in 1973 by the National Outdoor Leadership School, whose adjacent headquarters Centerbrook designed, as a residence hall for students, alumni, and staff of its well-known wilderness education courses.
The renovations are designed to celebrate the Old West charm of the original building, which was built in 1917 as a luxury hotel for East Coast tourists bound for Yellowstone National Park. The restored Noble is modern and bright with amenities especially welcome to students returning from a long stint in the great outdoors.
National Outdoor Leadership School
Large windows on the street celebrate the activities inside the building and infuse the first floor with light. The centerpiece of the restored two-story hotel lobby is a replication of the original, ornate stained glass ceiling. Original lighting fixtures were refurbished, intricate tile work in the lobby was repaired, and western-style writing desks upstairs double as computer stations.
The building also contains new mechanical systems, a dining hall, offices, commercial kitchen, library, meeting rooms, a student lounge, a retail store, and a small museum describing the history of NOLS.
The historic Noble Hotel, NOLS's symbolic center, is located on Main Street. The Headquarters building is located one block to the north. Future plans include developing the land between the Noble Hotel and the Headquarters for outdoor gatherings and a building to house classrooms, a fitness center, and meeting facilities.