Multi-Use Rehabilitation Project Converts Historic Hotel

Merriman Anderson/Architects convert a large hotel to a multi-use rehabilitation project.
Merriman Anderson/Architects convert a large hotel to a multi-use rehabilitation project.

Merriman Anderson/Architects was the architect and interior design firm responsible for the renovation of The Statler Dallas, Curio Collection by Hilton in downtown Dallas. The Statler opened in 1956 as a large hotel with 1,001 rooms, and it was the place for the who’s who to stay when visiting Dallas. It soon became an icon of mid-20th century design with its innovative architecture features. In 2001, the hotel closed and remained vacant for the following 15 years. The Statler, Curio Collection by Hilton is now owned and developed by Centurion American Development Group.

Merriman Anderson/Architects began the redesign work in 2015 that included converting the property from one of the largest hotels in the Southwest to a multi-use rehabilitation project that includes The Statler Dallas, Curio Collection by Hilton; The Statler Residences; and retail and restaurants throughout the property. Merriman Anderson/Architects took the mid-century modern design that once filled the hotel and incorporated it throughout the redeveloped space.

The two bars at the site include a rooftop pool clubroom and subterranean bourbon library.
The two bars at the site include a rooftop pool clubroom and subterranean bourbon library.

The Statler now includes a 159-room hotel, 219 residences with views of the downtown Main Street Garden Park and adjacent high rises, five food and beverage outlets, specialty retail outlets, 33,000 square-feet of meeting and event space, a 19th-floor rooftop pool and lounge, multi-use fitness center, and a bowling alley. A new entry canopy of glass, steel and fabric was introduced to the façade, respecting the scale of the street edge with a look of the past and a feel for the future.

Retail and restaurants at the base activate the street edge and energize its classic lobby. Restaurants include an all-day retro diner, a gastro Asian pub, and a social club with billiards, ping pong, foosball, cornhole, and bowling. Two bars include a rooftop pool clubroom and subterranean bourbon library.

The Statler was the 300th hotel to be inducted into Historic Hotel of America.

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