For generations, this English Manor-styled Boutique Hotel has been a landmark of hospitality and local charm in Chicago’s North Shore. As part of a collaborative design to stimulate the sense of entry and arrival typical of English Manor houses, a reconfigured public parkway creates the appearance of a paved entry court with an antique brick paver design emphasized as the central feature.
This project included renovating the hotel’s street presence along its front façade, where an undulating evergreen hedge gives rhythm and elegance along the public walk and street. New stone walls paired with a built-in fireplace, designed to match the historic building’s veneer, create a sense of intimacy for visitors enjoying the outdoor bar terrace. Other design enhancements included a central dining courtyard which integrates a custom fountain into the original stone walls and implements a textured mosaic of clay pavers with New York Bluestone to create a quilted paving pattern that recalls the old world style. At the courtyard’s focal point sits a stately bronze deer presiding over the patrons as a proud remembrance of the history of the hotel and its cultural significance.