Friday, April 18, 2008

Hotel Hotwire: Philly’s Second Kimpton Officially Announced, Expected To Be Equally As Dope As The First

kimpton hotel coming to the robert morris buildingWhat we first hinted at back in December has been officially announced: Kimpton will be doing their second hotel in Philadelphia in the Robert Morris building at 17th and Arch, directly behind the Comcast Center.

It’s another historic preservation and conversion project, rather than a new-build — a smart, contextual move on Kimpton’s part.
Named after a Philadelphia merchant who helped finance the American Revolution, the Robert Morris [building] stands as an excellent example of the European Gothic Revival style. It was constructed in 1914 by Rutherford Jennings, who owned the Hotel Wilmost on South Penn Square and built the Robert Morris [building] as a hotel atop of the headquarters of the Methodist Church of the Greater Delaware Valley. When it ceased operating as a hotel, it was later used by Philadelphia's College of The Bible for classrooms and dorms. [source]
So the Robert Morris will be returning to its roots and will once again become a hotel. And a very, very hot one at that.

The façade will be cleaned and repaired and a green roof will be added, which will be accessible to hotel guests. Heritage Consulting is assisting Kimpton with the project.

The developer is 806 Capital out of Old City and they’ve enlisted Agoos/Lovera Architects and Zeff Design.

The hotel should be ready in 2009, not too long after the opening of Kimpton's Hotel Palomar Philadelphia, just three short blocks down 17th Street.

Looking sharp, Kimpton. Looking real sharp.

Morris Building to be site of Kimpton's second city hotel [ Philadelphia Business Journal ]
806 Capital – Robert Morris Building Conversion to Boutique Hotel [ Official Site ]

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