The first phase of a $3 million renovation project at Wyndham Virginia Crossings Hotel & Conference Center in Glen Allen was marked with the return of a 2,500-pound, gold eagle sculpture. For 30 years the sculpture, gilded in 24 carat gold leaf, soared 75 feet above the property’s grounds in Henrico County.
It was initially installed in the mid-1980s when Wyndham Virginia Crossings served as the headquarters of Figgie International. Legend has it that Chairman Harry Figgie won the eagle in a golf match at the adjacent Crossings Golf Course. After being taken down for repairs and repainting, the sculpture was returned to the top of the golden dome of the Jefferson Building by a 160-ton crane operated by the Chesin Construction Co. in Glen Allen. It was renamed the Liberty Golden Eagle in honor of the U. S. Armed forces and their families.
Phase one of the project also includes new technology equipment in the property’s conference center, the renovation of hotel lobbies, meeting and function space, refurbishment of The Tavern bar & restaurant, new gardens, a scenic pergola and a putting green. Phase II will include renovation of all 183 guestrooms and suites, to be completed by 2013.
Wyndham Virginia Crossings sits on a three-building campus that includes a fitness center and outdoor pool as well as the golf course. It’s located at the interchange of Interstates 95 and 295, with the hotel 12 miles north of Richmond.
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