Burritt on the Mountain has recently received a $200,000 gift from Jan Smith, founder and CEO of S3, for the building of an impressive cantilevered deck overlooking the city of Huntsville. The View will be ready for use in early Spring and will enhance the already remarkable view from the Burritt bluff. Visitors will be able to enjoy soon-to-be announced summer events, including lunches, cocktails and music, from The View. The 3,000 square foot space will enhance the sightseeing opportunities for Burritt’s everyday guests as well as offer a brand new “ultimate rooftop experience” for weddings, parties and corporate functions.
“Arriving in Huntsville in the late 60s, I could never have imagined the growth and expansion that Huntsville has experienced,” said Smith. “As awesome and unbelievable as it has been, I and many others believe our city’s future is equally as awesome. Having become a true investor in Burritt’s roles as community educator, tourist attraction, history museum, and family destination, it is my honor to help expand what Dr. Burritt started with his purchase of this 167 acre portion of Monte Sano, known as Round Top Mountain. With completion of the viewing platform called appropriately The View, our Jewel on the Mountain has taken yet another step in sharing its beauty with our city and its many visitors.”
Leslie Ecklund, CEO of Burritt, commented on Ms. Smith’s gift. “I greatly admire Jan Smith and am so impressed with all the things she has done for Burritt and our community. She has been a member, supporter and a major donor on all of our capital projects over the last five years and we are thrilled to have her as our lead supporter for The View. Her motto is ‘Destiny is a matter of choice, not a matter of chance.’ We are honored to be the recipient of this choice she has made and know that our destiny will be better for it.”