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Combining our expertise in historic preservation and adaptive reuse with creative place making, Strada is helping to breathe new life into a series of buildings from the first half of the 20th century. These bold yet elegant designs preserve many of the buildings’ original features to create distinctive hotel experiences.
HOTEL MONACO, PITTSBURGH
The recently-opened Hotel Monaco occupies the striking James H. Reed Building in Pittsburgh’s Central Business District. Erected in 1903, the property now features 248 guest rooms, 13 suites, a 120-seat restaurant, and a rooftop deck. Grand ballrooms on the main floor take full advantage of the historic two-story lobby and soaring windows and columns. Guests will find whimsical details throughout the hotel such as bird-foot lamps in the lobby, trompe l’oeil wall coverings in the elevators, and bold houndstooth draperies in the guest rooms. The Commoner restaurant is anything but common. The industrial chic design gives a nod to the city’s past and is accentuated by an intimate bar, an open kitchen and glowing amber glass walls.
Strada served as the architect of record for the project as part of the design team that included Gensler, Beleco Design, MARKZEFF and Ohm Lighting. The hotel is the result of a joint venture between Philadelphia-based PMC Property Group and the Kimpton Real Estate Investment Funds.
THE KIMPTON HOTEL, WINSTON-SALEM
For the same ownership group in Winston-Salem, NC, Strada is part of the team converting R.J. Reynolds’ former headquarters into a boutique hotel. Completed in 1929, the original structure was designed by Shreve & Lamb who went on to design the Empire State Building. The 314,000-SF historic building will feature 200 rooms with luxury apartments above and of course, playful touches for which the Kimpton is known. The team for the project, which is now under construction, includes Gensler, Theresa Fatino Design, crème, and Ohm Lighting.
DRURY INN & SUITES, PITTSBURGH
The marble banking hall and wood-paneled board room of Pittsburgh’s Cleveland Federal Reserve Bank Building will become a stunning focal point of the new 200-room Drury Inn & Suites. A clean palette of contemporary materials will complement the existing Art Deco finishes and detailing of the 1930s-era structure. Be sure not to miss the inviting rooftop deck on the 8th floor where a new pool will be tucked under the mansard roof. Strada is the architect for the project and is also providing interior design services along with the Drury Hotels’ in-house design staff. Construction on the hotel is scheduled to begin in May with an anticipated opening of 2016.
DISTRIKT HOTEL, PITTSBURGH
Pittsburgh’s newest boutique hotel, straight from Manhattan, is breathing life into the quirky old Salvation Army Building. The building’s original chapel will be used as a lobby, lounge, and mezzanine bar available to all, and the original gym will become a restaurant. The 1924-building brings more than limestone block and stained-glass windows to the project. The 180-room Distrikt Pittsburgh is putting historic elements to work, including ornate vaulted beams and original woodwork to create a unique new hospitality choice and community gathering place. Strada is both the architect and interior designer for the hotel, which plans to open in the summer of 2016.
The future is bright at Strada. The firm is committed to turning visions to reality and helping to shape new places across the nation.
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