Interstate Hotels & Resorts, hotel Asset Value Enhancement (hotelAVE) and Meadow Partners announced that in early summer of 2015, a brick building located near New York’s Grand Central Station will reopen as The Renwick. The 173-room hotel will be located at 118 E. 40th Street.
The hotel takes its name from James Renwick, Jr., the architect known for his design of St. Patrick’s Cathedral, n Manhattan landmark situated on 51st Street and Park Avenue. Built in 1928 with the intention of housing artists, the residential building’s infrastructure was comprised of oversized artist’s studios and lofts conducive to create artworks. Over time, the building evolved into a long-stay hotel frequented by literary figures such as John Steinbeck, F. Scott Fitzgerald and Thomas Mann.
New York-based architect and interior design firm Stonehill & Taylor is executing the project, with plans to craft interiors that pay homage to past residents and cultural and artistic innovations of the 1920s, though with modern amenities.
The property’s 173 loft-style guestrooms, including 33 suites, will have custom furnishings made to reference items found in an artist’s studio, such as easel-inspired television stands, desks reminiscent of the artist’s work bench, nightstands intended to mimic flat file cabinets and a patterned carpet that simulates paint-splattered concrete. A minimalist, masculine color palette will have a band of ink permeating from the foot of the bed through the leather-tufted headboard and onto the ceiling.
The hotel will offer no framed artwork, and instead will spotlight functional art sourced from local New York City artists. Three-dimensional coat hangers will double as enlarged ink blots protruding from the walls upon room entrance, and hand-sculpted ceramic pencil holders will sit upon each guestroom desk.
The Renwick will also offer a fitness facility, a destination dining establishment and a lobby space complete with three-dimensional art.
The Renwick will open on 118 East 40th Street between Lexington and Park Avenue.
THE RENWICK RENDERING FROM SHALUM SHALUMOV