To maintain the history and nostalgic feel of the structure, key features including the original bank vault, terrazzo floors, and marble components throughout the building are preserved.
As the structure was built on a hill and designed to integrate with its surrounding landscape, multiple levels and sections were originally constructed independent from one another. The project team needed to strategize a plan that would allow these areas to connect for the hotel to be as welcoming as it is stylish. In order for the kitchen to connect to the service and receiving areas, two structures built two decades apart needed to be connected. Once the 1920s building and 1940s building were joined at the first floor, the team installed a new elevator to provide housekeeping a way to access the receiving area from the above floors.
Other ramps and stairs were retrofitted for ADA compliance and accessibility to new amenity spaces.
The renovation includes the addition of 94 guest rooms, a penthouse, rooftop bar, fitness center, restaurant, and event and meeting space. An additional restaurant and bar are constructed right off the lobby on the first floor, complete with outdoor seating close to Government Center. Exterior windows are removed and salvaged from the building before reinstallation, and revitalized hardscapes and landscapes enhance the surrounding area.
Customized millwork adorns the restaurants and bars, and modernized fixtures bring the historic building into the 21st century.
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