Dazzling Transformations—Obsolete Buildings Become Distinctive New Hotels

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.


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.

Whether king or commoner, all are welcome to enjoy seasonal menus and local spirits at The Commoner in the new Hotel Monaco Pittsburgh.

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.


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.

Intricate details on the facade of the former headquarters of the RJ Reynolds Tobacco Company will be preserved during the building’s adaptive reuse and set the scene for a memorable visit.
Stunning architectural details and whimsical touches will shape an unforgettable experience at the Kimpton Hotel in Winston-Salem.

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.

Art Deco finishes and elegant architectural details from the 1930s Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland will enhance the character of the Drury Inn & Suites in Pittsburgh.
Celebrating the building’s history as a bank, the design will incorporate three basement vaults. The enormous stainless steel door to the 1930s bond vault will be fixed in place and become a focal point of the floor.

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.

Exterior view of the former Salvation Army Building, which will become the Distrikt Hotel.
Ornate vaulted beams and original woodwork will create a unique gathering place at the heart of the new Distrikt Hotel.