Kohler Co. gets closer to converting famed Hamilton Hall to apartments

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Hamilton Hall, the striking red brick building that stands right behind the 18th green at St. Andrews, is now known as "Hamilton Grand."
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Published: Tuesday, January 18, 2011 | 6:10 p.m.

Herb Kohler has officially changed the name of the red brick building behind the 18th green at St. Andrews to “Hamilton Grand.” The next step is to convert the Victorian landmark into 26 luxury apartments.

Kohler Co. released its development plans Tuesday for what once was known as Hamilton Hall, a Victorian building that was featured in the film “Chariots of Fire.” It will offer 26 residences of two-, three- and four-bedroom apartments. It will include a penthouse that offers 360-degree views, and a restaurant that will be open to the public.

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Kohler, who previously bought and is renovating the Old Course Hotel, held a two-day public consultation with St. Andrews citizens. The name is derived from its two previous uses -- the Grand Hotel, which opened in 1895, and Hamilton Hall, a dorm at the University of St. Andrews named after its founder, Thomas Hamilton.

“Our goal is to restore Hamilton Grand and create a dwelling that will make the people of St. Andrews proud,” said Debbie Taylor, president of Kohler’s hospitality and real estate group.