"Topping Out" the Mansion on Forsyth Park

It's not ready for business yet, but they're already celebrating at the Mansion on Forsyth Park. Today, city and county leaders along with hotel owner Richard Kessler held what's called a "topping out" ceremony. They planted an eight foot magnolia tree on top of the 126-room mansion.

It's a Scandinavian tradition that started 1,300 years ago. It celebrates all the work that has been done to complete a building.

Owners say it is fitting for this hotel that will house a little bit of everything.  "Restaurants, spas, a lounge, art galleries, music rooms, a cooking school, it'll all be right here at the Mansion on Forsyth Park," said Kessler.

The hotel is scheduled to open next February.

Reported by: Melanie Ruberti, mruberti@wtoc.com