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Architect Gilbert Stanley Underwood, who designed the State Department building in Washington, D.C., National Park lodges in the West, and the Union Pacific Railway stations, designed the Williamsburg Lodge, which opened in 1939. Underwood created the lodge to reflect a rustic, warm and laid-back setting unlike most American hotels of its time. During the lodge’s renovation in 2006, its original blue stone floors and cypress paneling were restored, and more folk art from the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum was brought out of storage to add to the cozy ambiance. All the rooms in the Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star hotel include folk art, and the bedding patterns and designs are inspired by Colonial Williamsburg’s museum collections. Furnishings are from American manufactures such as McGuire of San Francisco and Thos. Moser Cabinetmakers.