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Bishops Bay Country Club selected Iconica to design and renovate its historic clubhouse. The century-old manor sits on a gorgeous lot overlooking Lake Mendota with views of the Isthmus.

Iconica’s team broke ground in October 2017 and finished on time in mid-April. The project includes an updated dining room, bar, bathrooms, and a 2800 square foot addition of casual dining space. The renovation provides a more open floor plan by allowing direct access from the front door to the lakeside terrace. The extension matches the existing character of the 1930’s manor, with exterior rough cut and carved stone, and interior stately dark oak millwork. The entire building also received new windows to resemble the original. “The addition from the driveway side blends well with the existing manor and looks like it belongs. It helps frame the front entrance door. On the lakeside, the addition is intended to look a bit different; more like a summer pavilion.” mentioned Jeff Eaton, Architect.

Steve Carbin, Interior Architectural Designer, said, “My favorite parts of the project are the reconfigured Signature Room and the ramp that connects the existing lounge to the new dining area, which was designed as a sculptural piece of furniture”. The clubhouse’s committee contributed to the selection of new furniture and coordinated interior finishes and lighting.

One of the main challenges of the project was modernizing the mechanical systems while preserving the charming, historic architecture. The team needed to reconfigure the interior circulation, and add discrete fire-rated walls, windows, and doors since the building is not sprinklered. Another difficult component to the project was being mindful of the building’s old age and improvising when unexpected challenges arose. “Iconica’s internal collaboration between architecture, engineering, and construction was essential to adjust to existing conditions, problem solve, and offer creative, timely construction solutions,” noted Project Manager, Ryan Novak.

Part of this project’s success can be attributed to the team’s attention to detail and ability to work through these challenges. “It is always fun to watch and work with Jeff Eaton – seeing his amazing attention to detail, and teaching others the entire time he is building something classic and elegant,” added Jean Spataro, Project Assistant. Novak also commented on Eaton’s contribution, noting, “Jeff was a true team player throughout project delivery by frequently visiting the job site during construction and adjusting the initial design when needed. I really enjoyed working with Jeff on the project as well as our exceptionally-responsive field superintendents, Ian Thedens and Russ Doman.”

Our integrated team pulled off a beautiful final product. The renovation enhanced the manor’s original charm and modernized systems that will last for decades to come.

Bishops Bay Dining
Bishops Bay Lounge
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Bishops Bay Lounge

Middleton, WI


23,000 SF

April 2018


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