The former fire headquarters in Detroit has transformed into the Detroit Foundation Hotel thanks to the team at Simeone Deary Design Group. The project spearheaded by Gina Deary and Lisa Simeone is a reflection of the city’s past and how it is also embracing it’s present and future.
One can describe the atmosphere as lively and interactive as the hotel lobby is constantly filled with creatives, hipsters and businessmen and women engaging with one another whether for a meeting or to simply to network. The main entrance that was formerly the fire engine entrance now features terracotta arches. On the ground level, guests can enjoy the Apparatus Room, a restaurant that still houses the glazed brick tiles from the fire station and features dishes curated by Michelin-starred Chef Thomas Lents. An elaborate custom pendant fixture hangs over the space featuring white fabric resembling smoke, an ode to what was once before.
The work of local manufacturers and makers are displayed throughout the hotel and is shown in a video behind the desk. An in-house studio replaces the former offices of the highest-ranking members of the fire department and is now home to other creatives looking to record their podcasts.
The hotel has 100 guest rooms with details provided by local artisans including the iron door handles and McClure’s potato chips, a popular local favorite. The rooms feature a headboard wall made of repurposed wood, constructed by the Architectural Salvage Warehouse in Detroit. The metallic pastels pay homage to Detroit’s automobile paints used back in the day and are the perfect accent for the deep chocolate color palette used amongst the hotel. The rooms also feature Historic Detroit architecture in printed photographs along with custom wallpaper provided Detroit Wallpaper Co.
The 95,000 square-foot project received an award at an annual celebration held by the International Interior Design Association (IIDA) earlier this year. The competition, in its 45th year, continues to recognize and encourage innovation in interior design and furnishing. The Detroit Foundation Hotel was also named one of the best new hotels in the world by the luxury and lifestyle travel magazine, Condé Nast Traveler. One can say that this staple in the community is one that the city can be proud today and forever more.
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