Chicago Architect March/April 2015 : Page 35

1 WACKER 2 3 LAKE WABASH A New Era of Hospitality: DOWNTOWN HOTEL CONVERSIONS OPENING 2015 OR LATER In dramatic contrast to the motel phenomenon, there is a current trend to create hotels from repurposed historic downtown buildings. Emphasizing walkability and urban density, many of them have no parking facilities at all, and nearly all are concentrated downtown. And most go well beyond offering a simple coffee shop to providing a variety of public amenities such as restaurants, spas and rooftop bars. The goal is the same as it always has been: to create a distinctive identity that lures the traveler and inspires repeat business. But when people choose their hotels by surfi ng the Web rather than cruising the highways, a unique historic property is more effective than a fl ashing neon sign. Here is a portfolio of new hotels opening in historic Loop buildings in 2015 and beyond: 1 NEW NAME TBD London Guarantee Building 360 N. Michigan Ave. 1923, Alfred S. Alschuler Goettsch Partners Simeone Deary Design Group (hotel interiors) 2016 2 HAMPTON INN Chicago Motor Club 68 E. Wacker Place 1928, Holabird & Root Hartshorne Plunkard Gettys One (hotel interiors) MacRostie Historic Advisors (historic consultant) LA SALLE CLARK RANDOLPH DEARBORN MICHIGAN WASHINGTON STATE MADISON 5 6 7 4 One of the beloved elements of the building’s lobby is the mural by John Warner Norton that depicts America’s highway system—the very thoroughfares along which so many motels were constructed. (See page 13 in the Façade section for a story on the Hampton Inn.) MONROE PHOTO BY HARTSHORNE PLUNKARD ARCHITECTURE Hartshorne Plunkard Roman and Williams (hotel interiors) MacRostie Historic Advisors (historic consultant) 6 NEW NAME (Kimpton) New York Life Building 39 S. LaSalle St. 1894, 1898 (eastern half), Jenney & Mundie 1903, one-story addition, architect unknown Gensler Beleco (hotel interiors) 2016 PHOTO BY NICHOLAS JAMES PHOTO 3 VIRGIN HOTELS CHICAGO Old Dearborn Bank Building 203 N. Wabash Ave. 1928, C.W. and George L. Rapp Booth Hansen Rockwell Group (hotel interiors) In addition to restoring the former club’s public spaces, the architects are adding a rooftop venue set back from the Michigan Avenue façade. 5 MARRIOTT RESIDENCE INN BY MARRIOTT Roanoke Building LaSalle Hotel Partners 11 S. LaSalle St. 1915, Holabird & Roche; 1922, Ƃ ve-story addition, Holabird & Roche; 1926, tower, Holabird & Roche; Rebori, Wentworth, Dewey & McCormick (assoc. archs.) VOA (architecture and interiors) The Kimpton chain was a leader in repurposing downtown buildings for hotels, and this will be their newest Chicago property. 7 HYATT THE LOOP CHICAGO 100 W. Monroe St. 1927, Frank D. Chase VOA Gary Lee Partners (hotel interiors) This conversion includes new construction on a small lot to the southwest that formerly included a small parking structure. Historic lobby elements were restored in 2001 and will be retained. The world’s fi rst Virgin Hotel opened here on Jan. 15, 2015. The Rapp brothers were known for designing lavish movie palaces such as the Chicago Theatre. © GOETTSCH PARTNERS 4 CHICAGO ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION HOTEL 12 S. Michigan Ave. 1893, Henry Ives Cobb 1907, Annex at 71 E. Madison St., Richard E. Schmidt, Garden & Martin; 1926, seven-story addition, Richard E. Schmidt, Garden & Martin The Andrew Rebori-designed tower will have one-and two-bedroom custom suites with 360-degree views of the city. There will be a bakery, brasserie and French Market to appeal to Loop workers as well as hotel guests. As with many of these properties, a rooftop bar is being added. 35 MARCH // APRIL // 2015 PHOTO BY BY BEYOND MY KEN VIA WIKIMEDIA COMMONS 35

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