NEW YORK—The Renwick Hotel, located near Grand Central Station here, will reopen early this summer. The hotel is a product of a partnership between Interstate Hotels & Resorts, hotel Asset Value Enhancement (hotelAVE) and Meadow Partners.
Formerly a long-stay hotel sheltering artists, intellectuals and noted authors, The Renwick will take inspiration from the imaginative spirit of its former residents to bring an eccentric new hospitality concept to Manhattan’s midtown east neighborhood, according to the company.
The hotel takes its name from James Renwick, Jr., the highly acclaimed architect best known for his design of St. Patrick’s Cathedral, an iconic 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 that proved conducive to creative work needs. Over time, the building became a mainstay for aspiring creative types and intellectuals, eventually evolving into a long-stay hotel frequented by prominent literary figures such as John Steinbeck, F. Scott Fitzgerald and Thomas Mann. These iconic figures stayed at the hotel for lengthy periods of time, ranging from several months to many years, during which they produced some of their most respected written work.
New York-based architect and interior design firm Stonehill & Taylor has been tapped to execute the project, with plans to craft whimsical interiors that pay homage to past residents and cultural and artistic innovations of the 1920s, through a modern lens, according to the company.
The property’s 173 loft-style guestrooms, including 33 suites, will feature 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 feature a bold band of ink permeating from the foot of the bed through the leather-tufted headboard and onto the ceiling.
The hotel offers no framed artwork, and instead spotlights functional art sourced by local New York City artists. Three-dimensional coat hangers 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 offer a fitness facility, a destination dining establishment, and a modern lobby space with unconventional three-dimensional art.