Design-focused 21c Lexington in Kentucky opens

21c Lexington
The design team was led by Deborah Berke Partners and Perfido Weiskopf Wagstaff + Goettel.

21c Museum Hotels opened its fifth property, located at 167 W Main Street in Lexington, Ky. 21c Lexington is an adaptive reuse of the 100-year-old Fayette National Bank Building, mixing contemporary design with historic Beaux Arts International-inspired details. The property now has 7,000 square feet of art exhibition space, an 88-room boutique hotel and Lockbox restaurant and bar.

The property has six permanent installations integrated into spaces around and within the building. The site-specific collection at 21c Lexington is collectively titled “Elemental,” which includes painting, sculpture, photography, videos and films.

21c Lexington is housed in the 15-story Fayette National Bank building, located in Lexington’s historic district. The building was the city’s first skyscraper, and was originally designed in 1913 by architects McKim, Mead and White. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places, representing the Beaux Arts International style of architecture, drawing inspiration from Neoclassical and Greek Revival design. The Main Street building originally housed the First National Bank & Trust Co.


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The design team, led by New York-based architect Deborah Berke Partners and Pittsburgh-based architect Perfido Weiskopf Wagstaff + Goettel, retained the building’s original features. The design was combined with the restoration of the building’s Ionic order exterior columns, marbled walls, Tennessee Pink marble flooring and vaulted ceilings with ornamental plaster patterns. 21c Lexington is Berke’s fifth collaboration with the 21c Museum Hotels.

The property’s museum space doubles as meeting and event space. The Main Gallery, a double-height room with arched windows, concrete flooring and velvet drapery, connects with Gallery One, a flexible space. All spaces have audio-visual technology.

21c Lexington has a variety of guestroom types with high ceilings, contemporary furnishings, art and abundant natural light. The hotel have five suites, including the 21c suite and Skylight suite.

With original hardwood floors, the 21c suite has two living areas and a separate dining area with a table for six, custom furnishings, bold colors and rich fabrics, a bedroom with a TV that vanishes behind a full length mirror and windows with views of Lexington. One of the suites, the Skylight suite, has a skylight above the living area.

For dining, the property has Lockbox. Designed by Deborah Berke Partners, Lockbox has double-height windows, marble floors, wainscoting and decorative plaster details hat serve as the backdrop for the contemporary furnishings and art that occupies the space. Guests have an open view of the Lockbox kitchen, which has a custom American-made Jade Cooking Suite. Tomorrow’s Weather, an art installation by Stockholm-based duo Biegert & Bergström, changes color depending on the day’s weather forecast.

There is also a bar and lounge, which occupies the corner space. The bank’s original safe deposit vault remains intact and was reimagined as a private dining room with seating for 12.

Andrew Carter is the GM of 21c Lexington.

21c Lexington

21c Lexington

21c Lexington

21c Lexington