McIntosh Poris Associates designed the adaptive re-use and renovation of the former Detroit Fire Department Headquarters into a new boutique hotel. The 1929 historically registered building features 100 hotel rooms, ground-level restaurant, bar, lounge, meeting rooms, podcast studio, and fifth floor banquet facility.
The project team was challenged by many obstacles. The adjacent Pontchartrain Wine Cellars building was added to the scope, creating a challenge of how to connect the two historic buildings that have a 5’ floor height difference between levels above the ground floor. Another challenge was working with the contributing historic hallways and spaces, and obtain the 100 room count. The vision for the hotel was to honor Detroit’s past and to celebrate the city’s promising future. This inspiration resulted in the commitment to “Repurpose History” by taking historically relevant moments and materials from the Fire Department Headquarters and the city, and creating a unique, contemporary design that showcases the historic nature of the building, and pays homage to the city. The hotel is literally made from Detroit. Numerous local artists and craftsmen were selected to create site specific art, furniture and light fixtures throughout the building.