Historic piece of Dallas architecture transformed into hotel
With typical flair, Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants is turning out one perfectly conceived boutique hotel at a time, its newest property landing in Dallas.
Ensconced within Deep Ellum, the city’s entertainment district known for its live music venues, vibrant street murals and quirky art galleries, the 165-room hotel is named after the landmark building’s original architect, William S. Pittman, who designed the building in 1916.
Transformed by Perkins + Will together with Busta Studio and Dallas Historical Society, the hotel’s original elements have been restored, while a new-build contemporary tower has been added. Inside, the lobby and common spaces exposed steel and raw concrete bones have been softened with natural leather textures, custom furnishings and fittings such as vintage-jar inspired lighting, curated pieces from local artists including Toni Martin, Michael LeDoux and Robin Walker, and a collection of original photos showcasing the hotel’s 1916 roots, sourced from the Dallas Public Library.
The bedrooms, meanwhile feature a neutral colour palette, highlighted by pops of green, orange and grey, local artwork, leather stitched headboards and Atelier Bloem bath amenities.
A preprandial drink on the hotel’s pool deck, accompanied by live music, sets the mood for dinner at the modern American tavern, Elm & Good, where executive chef Graham Dodds sends out no-fuss farmhouse fare to a selection of curated wines, local beers and craft cocktails concocted by lead mixologist, Gregory Huston. §