NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - Renovations of the historic landmark Fredonia Hotel continues in Nacogdoches.
While workmen deal with structural changes, Stephen F. Austin State University interior design seniors are suggesting decorating ideas. Their senior projects may or may not be used, but as the experience alone is beneficial, sometimes in a surprising way.
Interior and exterior renovations continue on The Fredonia Hotel, an iconic 1955 landmark that the public is so anxious to see open.
Lucky for these senior interior design students they're on the ground floor of all the decorating.
"It's gonna look amazing and it's going to really be really cool for the people of Nacogdoches," Sarah Scarborough, an SFA interior design student.
Four teams have their own ideas for a hotel that will have a mid-century, modern look.
"Lots of bright bold colors," said Ann Owusu, a senior interior design student. We like the modern feel of it. That's what we have to incorporate."
Yet, they're striving to keep the historic surroundings, especially in the 9 Flags Bar that so many patrons are missing.
Whatever the suggestion, the pitch to clients can be nerve-wracking.
"Of course, there were butterflies, but it was great to get that real life experience," said Umeki Earl Nelson.
For Kacey Laskowski, a future December graduate, the field experience led to a surprise job offer she received in the middle of class.
"Well, she emailed me," Laskowslii, a senior interior design student.
"Way to go," her professor said
"I would like to extend an internship for this summer, with an option for a full time position as soon as you graduate," Laskowski said, reading from the e-mail. "I'm so happy."
Laskowski will take time off from work to join her classmates to see the completed hotel.
"We have all decided as a class to come back," said Jasmine Martin and her fellow students "We'll all stay together as a group. In one room. We'll stay here."
They already know to reserve the pool-side cabana rooms.
The Fredonia Hotel is scheduled to be open by December of this year. There is a full-time architect and interior designer, but owners Richard and Barbara DeWitt wanted to also obtain ideas from a younger generation.