New Hotel Emerges
Hotel Indigo Baltimore
Location: Baltimore, MD
Client: Focus Historic Development
Keywords: Adaptive Reuse
Jacques Kelly of the Baltimore Sun said about this project:
This new hotel indulges in an energetic, theatrical and bright look. The tone is dazzling white, with a bar and restaurant on the Charles Street side of the building. The section of the lobby at the corner of Cathedral Street contains an oversized fireplace and has been called the library.
Each of the bathrooms in its 162 rooms has a picture of the Bromo Seltzer Tower. Photo murals focusing on Baltimore are scattered throughout the building. It's obvious the designers had fun taking Baltimore motifs and incorporating them into the look of the place.
The building was originally a YMCA, designed by architect Joseph Evans Sperry, and was completed in 1908. It had a swimming pool, four duckpin bowling lanes, rooms for Bible study, an indoor running track and gym, plus hotel rooms. It contained a staggering 2,500 lockers. The place served its purpose — it also once housed the old Baltimore College of Commerce — and closed in 1981. It was then renovated and became a hotel school, with hotel rooms, as a division of Baltimore International College.