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April, 2018

Hotel Flashback: An Old San Francisco Mainstay Soldiers On

Posted by on April 18, 2018 in Hospitality, Projects | 0 comments

By Mary Beth Klatt

Rank has its privileges in the military. Case in point: Pershing Hall at the Presidio in San Francisco. The Colonial Revival red-brick building with Georgian and Federal Revival elements is named after famed general John “Blackjack” Pershing, who served at the Presidio of San Francisco. It was a handsome home away from home for high-ranking, bachelor officers for decades. The three-story hall, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, is now 22-room boutique hotel Inn at the Presidio. San Francisco-based Architectural Resources Group led the $7 million renovation.

The Inn at the Presidio’s updated exterior

The building’s story starts in 1903, when these quarters housed 16 bachelor officers. Each of the top-tier officers had a private two-room suite that included a living room, bedroom, and bath, according to Presidio Trust architect and associate director of architecture Rob Wallace. Servants in a rear wing cooked, cleaned, and did laundry for the officers, who shared a common kitchen and dining room. Continue reading →

HD Expo Preview: Thinking Outside the Box

Posted by on April 10, 2018 in Events | 0 comments

By Stacy Shoemaker Rauen

Hospitality Design and Hilton partnered for a one-of-a-kind design challenge: Dubbed the Box, 12 design firms were charged with dreaming up the next iteration of the luxury guestroom (in collaboration with the partnering sponsors) in just 24 hours. After one morning of live presentations, an esteemed panel of judges selected one winning concept from Toronto-based Chapi Chapo Design, which will make its debut on the HD Expo show floor.

Chapi Chapo Design’s winning concept uses bold colors and textures to evoke the 1920s.

Taking inspiration from the given design brief of the 1920s (a celebration of Hilton’s 100-year-anniversary), Chapi Chapo Design crafted an immersive space that melds the living, bedroom, and bathroom areas, and offers an interactive touch pad and projection screen instead of the typical TV for better work-life balance.

“We took the great influences and elements from the 1920s— where style and innovation were intertwined, and luxurious social events and artistic, tactile expressions of design were intertwined, and the geometry, bold colors, and textures influenced by this idea of expansion and compression of spaces—and [asked] ‘How would that redefine the 21st century?’” explains Alienor Guilhem, the firm’s co-CEO.

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