21c Museum Hotel Lexington, Lexington, KY

21c Museum Hotel Lexington transforms the historic Fayette National Bank Building, designed in 1914 by renowned New York architects McKim, Mead & White. The Beaux Arts 15-story tower, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, is now a boutique hotel, contemporary art museum and gathering place.

Our design for 21c Lexington references the sophistication of old clubhouses and the saturated colors of the bluegrass landscape. We restored the former banking hall as the hub of activity by revealing its original grand proportions and repurposing the space as the vibrant Lockbox restaurant, bar and lounge. Rich colors in the 88 guest rooms reference the surrounding city and country, framed by the windows of McKim, Mead & White’s classically proportioned design.

112,000 square feet
Completed 2016

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Key People
Deborah Berke
Stephen Brockman, Project Lead
Gabriel Ce, Project Manager
Terrence Schroeder, Project Designer

Collaborating Firms
Deborah Berke Partners – design architect and interior design
Perfido Weiskopf Wagstaff + Goettel, LLC – executive architect
KLH Engineers – MEP engineer
Illumination Works – lighting design
Judith B. Williams – historic preservation consultant

McKim, Mead & White – original architect


AIA Pittsburgh Design Award of Excellence, Historic Preservation