Merriman & Associates renovates Dallas Statler Hilton, to open as The Statler Hotel & Residences

Hilton Worldwide and Dallas-based Centurion American Development signed a franchise license agreement to open The Statler Hotel & Residences in Dallas. Debuting in October 2016, the refurbished landmark hotel will be part of Curio – A Collection by Hilton, a brand of luxury hotels.

The original Dallas Statler Hilton – first opened in 1956 – was a building of mid-twentieth century design located at 1914 Commerce Street in downtown Dallas. It was inspired by Conrad Hilton's vision.

Centurion American Development Group's refurbishment plans for the historic 19-story building will give a nod to the hotel's architecture, design and entertainment roots. The original Statler Hilton boasted many firsts for the hotel industry, including elevator music and custom 21-inch Westinghouse TVs in every room. The property was one of the first hotels to feature conference and ballrooms on its lower levels.

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Centurion American Development Group's $175 million project will convert the 59-year-old Statler Hilton into 161 hotel rooms on the lower five floors and 219 residences on the top 11 floors. The building will include meeting space, retail and office space, four restaurants and a hotel lounge. A new music venue is also planned in the 14,500-square-foot ballroom.

Dallas architect Merriman & Associates is planning the redo.

Plano-based Aimbridge Hospitality has been chosen to manage the hotel. It currently manages 36 Hilton Worldwide hotels throughout the US.