Charlie Spacek honored by Best Western

Like many of the victorian houses in Penn Yan, the Best Western Vineyard Inn and Suites bears a distinctive color scheme, and even architectural and landscape elements that were conceived by one man, the late Charlie Spacek.

Inspired by the “Painted Ladies” of San Francisco, Spacek expanded his house painting business and reputation by choosing a somewhat more sedate palette of colors, but with the same intent — to highlight the rich architectural details of houses in the Penn Yan area that had too long been hidden under layers of white paint that covered them in the decades after the more ornamental tastes of the 19th century had faded.

Brian Zerges, owner of the Best Western, admired Charlie’s work and his drive to improve the overall appearance of his home town. So naturally, Zerges consulted with Spacek as he was planning to build the hotel, and that relationship became a stronger and deeper friendship rather than just a business deal.

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