Carnall Hall sits on the lawn of Old Main at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville. Built in 1905, it has become an architectural cornerstone of Razorback tradition. It began as an all-girl’s dormitory, later evolved into a fraternity house in 1967 and by 1982 was revamped into classrooms. Despite the distinction of being in the National Registry of Historic Spaces, it narrowly escaped demolition in 2001, when it was saved by an Arkansas State Tourism grant, renovated, and reopened as a hotel in 2003.

According to Meredith, they started with the marketing team to develop the program. “It was wonderful to be involved so early generating ideas. It meant that I was able to establish clarity on the concept…develop a fresh take on historic notes.” Because the space would be a combination hotel, wedding and party venue, and restaurant, durability would be essential. “All our FFE would have to deliver a long lifespan.” Lucy Beth Owen was the representative from ImageWorks who Meredith brought in as a furniture consultant. “Specifying a high-end hospitality grade of interiors on limited monies could have been an issue.

Artwork was commissioned with photographer, Todd Johnson featuring detailed photography of many of the architectural elements on the U of A campus. “Todd’s work was placed throughout the public space in the newly renovated restaurant, “Ella’s Table”. This was a brilliant and personal way to “tip our hat” to the history of the structures on campus.”