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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 →
on October 24, 2017 in
The tranquil guestroom at Ventana Big Sur
By Rachel Fischbach, Principal, BraytonHughes Design Studios
We are often asked by clients to help them rebuild after a devastating event. Whether it’s a fire, flood, earthquake, or other disaster, how do you pick up the pieces and start to rebuild? Below are the three things we always ask ourselves when designing a new project, which hold true when rebuilding one, too:
1. What is the story that we want to create?
The original Casa Dorinda in Santa Barbara, California, for example, was a grand estate built in the early 1900s, and though the property had been restored recently, the adjacent dining room that was built in the 1970s did not connect to the Spanish revival style of the estate. We, therefore, took design cues from the original Casa and tried to seamlessly blend the spaces, which is reflected in the furnishings, color palette, architectural details, and iron lighting. Continue reading →
on September 13, 2017 in
By Mary Beth Klatt
Located in the heart of Chicago’s posh Gold Coast neighborhood with the Magnificent Mile nearby for upscale shopping and dining, the iconic Talbott Hotel, a Joie de Vivre hotel, was originally designed by John Archibald Armstrong and built in 1927. It was time, then, for the hotel to get a bit of a facelift. Following a $20 million renovation, local designer Kara Mann, retained the hotel’s classic Renaissance Revival charm with a top-to-bottom update of the 90-year-old building.
Copper accents in the neutral-toned guestrooms at the Talbott Hotel. Photo by Laure Joliet.
The Talbott is one of a few remaining European-style boutique hotels in Chicago, according to Don Copper, principal at GREC Architects, the architecture firm chosen for the renovation. With the overhaul, the goal was to maintain the hotel’s intimate feel but in a modern way by updating F&B service throughout the lobby and relocating the front desk to a remote space away from the entryway. Continue reading →
When it comes to fast food restaurants, there’s a preconceived notion that the design will often reflect the food. But, lately, these restaurants and well-known brands have taken a page from fast-casual brands like Chipotle or Shake Shack, seeking out acclaimed designers to craft clean, beautiful environments that are as satisfying as the guilty pleasures served.
What makes these high-end spaces stand out beyond the quick distribution of nuggets and a frosty is quite simple: They are designed with a guest in mind who is seeking an upscale yet accessible experience. If you’re making the time to enjoy a Big Mac, you can now enjoy it in style.
Some credit can be given to Japanese architect Kengo Kuma. In 2014, he took on the task of updating a Starbucks in Fukuoka, Japan for a truly unique, sophisticated coffee shop in the bustling area. The building is made of 2,000 wooden sticks woven together in a diagonal pattern to bring a sense of fluidity to the room, creating a warm, cave-like space for the coffee drinkers. Continue reading →