Stonehill & Taylor, the architectural firm that has led restoration and interior efforts of New York’s Ace Hotel, The Refinery and the Paramount Hotel’s Diamond Horseshoe, have created a new hospitality haven, The Renwick, in Midtown Manhattan.
Formerly an extended-stay hotel frequented by literary figures such as F. Scott Fitzgerald and John Steinbeck, the firm has revisited the property’s heritage for its modern incarnation. Loft-style guest rooms are styled like artists’ or writers’ studios, with notions like easel-inspired television stands, desks resembling an artist’s workbench and nightstands that echo art supply cabinets. Each of the hotel’s 173 rooms also features artwork by local artists. In keeping with the literary theme, the hotel’s 33 suites are named after its famous past residents, such as Steinbeck, Fitzgerald, Thomas Mann and of course, its namesake James Renwick. Each suite pays tribute to each writer; Art Deco stylings for Fitzgerald, cone-shaped paperweights and mountain-like wallpaper that make nod to Thomas Mann’s novel The Magic Mountain, and wire sculpted birds and railroad knobs to embody Steinbeck’s love for travel and adventure.
The hotel’s lobby is equally artistic, with a dynamic light sculpture, and a mixed media mural featuring old letters and postcards found during the hotel’s renovation by the Brooklyn artist Gregory Smith, that both impart a visual creative energy to the space.