The Elkhart Hotel celebrates its opening
Elkhart Hotel (images: © 2021 Hilton)
Led by a design team that includes Interior Image Group and Joseph A Dzierla and Associates, the Elkhart, Tapestry Collection by Hilton in Indiana is now welcoming guests.
A historic building in the town of Elkhart, Indiana, has come full circle.
Bringing a heritage asset back to life
Cressy Commercial Real Estate and its partner Mno-Bmadsen, the non-gaming investment arm of the Pokagon Band of the Potawatomi Indians, have announced the grand opening of the Elkhart Hotel, Tapestry Collection by Hilton, marking the end of several decades of alternative use of the property. , which was originally built as a hotel in 1923.
This historic hotel on Main Street has been frequented by many famous people over the years, including Ed Sullivan and Robert Kennedy. However, the hotel closed in the early 1970s and the site has since been used for offices, apartments, restaurants, and shops.
“Redesigning this complex project has not been an easy task,” said Edward Bradley, partner and senior vice president of Cressy Commercial Real Estate. “It took the commitment, persistence and partnership of the public and private sectors to make it happen.
“This includes the love and support of so many members of the Elkhart community who share the long and rich history of the Elkhart Hotel. How fitting that we are gathered here today to celebrate the rebirth of the Elkhart Hotel almost a century after its initial opening.
The contractor for the project was Cressy Commercial Development, with interior design led by Interior Image Group, and Joseph A Dzierla and Associates was responsible for architectural services. The management of hotel operations is overseen by Cornerstone Hospitality.
Bringing a historic building back to life
The recently opened hotel has 93 rooms, as well as two restaurants, a ballroom, meeting space, and a rooftop bar. Travelers can dine for breakfast, lunch and dinner at the Relish Café & Convections, showcasing artisans and local produce, and enjoy cocktails on small plates at the Corner Bar at the intersection of Main Street and Marion Street.
The Aria Ballroom and the pre-function Prelude space on the ninth floor cater for weddings as well as corporate events, and this area is joined by several small boardrooms and boardrooms. Another highlight of the hotel is its rooftop bar, The High Note.
As part of preserving the historic features of the building, the original relief moldings, cornices and terrazzo floors have all been retained.
Kimberly Christner, President and CEO of Cornerstone Hospitality, said: “When you have the opportunity to renovate a building that is almost 100 years old, with that opportunity comes the responsibility to ensure that the renovation preserves the authenticity of the building. This type of property has a history steeped in history and has endured in its service to the citizens of Elkhart for nearly a century.
“Telling the story of this community in a creative way that engages visitors and leaves a lasting, positive impression of Elkhart is what makes these properties so successful. The Elkhart Hotel is the grand lady of downtown Elkhart and we are excited to start creating new stories with the guests who stay with us as well as with the community of Elkhart.