Last time we showed you how the Bricksburgh TV Station was built. Since we're talking about how our landmark buildings in town came into being, it seems only fitting to talk about the City Hotel. The City Hotel was a natural addition to the town. After all, if the town is to be a vacation island with a famous beach... it would need a hotel-- and one that would offer First Class service!
But what was the REAL inspiration of the hotel and why does it look the way it does?You might be surprised....
I was never much of a beach person growing up. Sure, we went to the beach now and then on vacation but it wasn't something I felt drawn too. Well that all changed once we had kids of our own. Suddenly I found the beach to not only be a GOOD vacation destination but the BEST place to go. What's not to like? Biggest sandbox you can imagine with plenty of water around to play in.
The Legotown lends itself to being thought of as an island. Everyone's town is a self-contained city with clear borders. Add in an airport and a harbor combined with roads that don't go anywhere and... well, it's an ISLAND! If we're going to imagine people flying in to visit there must be SOME reason for them to come and thus, Legotown becomes a miniature Hawaii-type holiday destination.
The beach was easy to make. Just add one beige baseplate, please. We named it "Tyler Beach" (for obvious reasons) and put a quaint little beach house on it. The beach house morphed from a rental for tourists to a little bed and breakfast type place that had locals living there all the time too. I created the hotel "set" for Tyler as a gift and in typical fashion we couldn't just plop it into place, we needed some fanfare!
The entrance to the beach was blocked off for construction and the road blocked off. The construction company brought their portable office back (from the TV Station project) and a press conference was called for the groundbreaking ceremony. All the VIPs were there. The beach house owner sold his land to a hotel company (whose executives flew in to make the deal) but he would stay on to manage the hotel. You can see them with the mayor (in the blue suit jacket) ready to dig into the sand with their shovels.
watch the YouTube video tour. I told you I would tell you where the design inspiration came from. The colors were copied off a hotel in Ocean City, MD where we normally stay-- the Holiday Inn on the boardwalk. I also added the balconies overlooking the beach so we'd have something in town to remind us of our real-life vacations. As for the rest of the building's shape, it was actually inspired mostly be the Police Command Base set. I just made it bigger and classier looking with its blue and white color scheme, but you can still see the tapered pilasters on the front were copied from the police station's facade.
has since changed completely to something more realistic).
Now that I've shown you how the hotel got there.... check back next time because we're going to BURN IT DOWN!
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