Hospitality Design - September 2015 - (Page 154)

projects chicago athletic association major league Roman and Williams transforms a Chicago landmark By STACY SHOEMAKER RAUEN Photography by ALAN SHORTALL, THOMAS HART SHELBY, and CLAYTON HAUK Commune Hotels + Resorts' latest hotel, the Chicago Athletic Association (CAA), was a labor of love for all involved. In part because owners Ben Weprin, CEO of AJ Capital Partners, and John Pritzker, Commune's chairman and founding partner of private equity firm Geolo Capital, are from the city (Pritzker is also a self-proclaimed student of its history and Weprin still calls it home). And partly because of the storied building-a landmarked 1893 Gothic structure built by Henry Ives Cobb that once housed the hotel's exclusive namesake. "When we walked into the building, it was immediately clear to us that given the pedigree, the [well-preserved] condition, and the size, there would be unlimited possibilities to rescue an enormously important piece of architecture and Chicago history," explains Pritzker. 1. In the lobby's reading room, a wall of framed art stretches to the paneled ceiling, while low-slung sofas surround one of the hotel's oak bas relief fireplaces. 2. Customized wingback chairs, Turkish rugs, pops of green, and light wood play against the original dark Venetian arches and columns in the lobby. 1

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Hospitality Design - September 2015

Hospitality Design - September 2015
Online TOC
From the Editor
From the Show Director
Places: Los Cabos
Interview: Carlos Flores
Interview: Nigel Harris
5 Questions for Kelly Wearstler
Profile: Robert Sukrachand
Trends: Abstract Art
Hospitality’s Reach
Special Feature: New York
New York Edition
Chicago Athletic Association
Graduate Madison
Indigo Bangkok
Mama Shelter Hollywood
Finest Playa Mujeres
Renaissance Chicago Downtown Hotel
Ad Index
Back Space

Hospitality Design - September 2015