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PROJECT | DETROIT FOUNDATION HOTEL

Shifting Gears
Simeone Deary infuses a Motor City property with a nostalgic touch
By Alia Akkam
Photography by Nathan Kirkman
During one of Detroit's grimmest chapters, numerous street lamps
didn't work because recession and bankruptcy left no money for
replacing burned-out bulbs. A custom light fixture surrounding the
lobby bar of the Detroit Foundation Hotel pays tribute to these literal
darker days, reflecting the property's devotion to "reinterpreting the
engineering and manufacturing that the city is known for into art,"
explains Gina Deary, co-owner of Chicago-based Simeone Deary
Design Group. "That's the soul of Detroit. It has always been a city
of tinkerers, engineers, and artists, so the design celebrates that
culture," she says.
Working hand-in-hand with Aparium Hotel Group and Birmingham,
Michigan architects McIntosh Poris Associates, Simeone Deary
further enlivened Motor City's now-booming downtown with this 100room hotel situated across two buildings, including the circa-1929
headquarters for Detroit's fire department. Doors-now painted an

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apt bright red-as well as a firehose shaft are two original details that
illuminate this heritage.
"Detroit is a nostalgic city. You have to be careful what you design
because there are a lot of people who are very close to the city. They
want to make sure it is portrayed authentically," explains Deary, who
was raised in the area. A simple, warm, and elegant design scheme
that references Detroit's midcentury heyday resonates with locals.
Some original features were preserved, such as restored glazed-brick
tiles and the terrazzo flooring and marble wainscot of a corridor. In
the Apparatus Room, the restaurant subtly separated from the lobby
by a charred reclaimed wood wall, an antique brass-metal rail system
reminiscent of a fire pole runs throughout. A palette of chocolate and
pastel metallic in guestrooms calls to mind 1960s automobile colors.
Community and social entrepreneurship, says Deary, are the
hotel's building blocks, fostered through numerous collaborations


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Premium Business Members
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Cover Story: Next Generation
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