21c Museum Hotel Louisville Louisville, KY

The first of the award-winning 21c Museum Hotels, 21c Louisville is a radical re-envisioning of five contiguous 19th century warehouse buildings in Louisville’s downtown historic district. Our straightforward, modern insertions weave the five buildings together, highlighting elements of the original fabric and providing opportunities to display dramatic, large-scale contemporary art. The most significant of our transformations is a five-story atrium cut through the center of the buildings. A new steel truss supports an original party wall above the atrium. The atrium provides natural light for interior-facing guest rooms and culminates in a grand event space on the lowest level of the building. The popularity of the hotel and its restaurant Proof have contributed significantly to downtown Louisville’s revival.

The project was named #1 Best U.S. Hotel and #6 Best Hotel in the World by Conde Nast Traveler. It was also cited as the ‘Best Hotel’ in Interior Design Magazine’s ‘Best of Year Awards’ and awarded the Global Vision Award by Travel + Leisure.

100,000 square feet
Completed 2006

Key People

, Project Lead
, Project Manager

Collaborating Firms
Deborah Berke Partners – design architect and interior design
K. Norman Berry Associates Architects PLLC – executive architect
Stanley D. Lindsey and Associates – structural engineer
Kerr-Greulich Engineers, Inc. – MEP engineer
Renfro Design Group, Inc. – lighting design

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