Originally constructed as a YMCA community center, this Georgian Revival-style building was built in 1912, led by renowned architect Horace Trumbauer using donations from some of Philadelphia's most prominent families. Original architectural details include stone fireplaces, oak paneling, fluted columns and a stage in its historic grand ballroom.
DSG managed the adaptive reuse of this 10-story Downtown Philadelphia structure to preserve several historical elements and integrate them with modern styles to become a Le Méridien Hotel. A core tenet of Le Méridien’s brand is juxtaposition, with a style defined by contrasts of old and new. The project preserved the classic woodwork and arched entrances of the lobby and blended them with clean-lined, contemporary decor and modern art. Today, the hotel boasts a sleek, award-winning bar and French bistro, a 75-foot central atrium courtyard, a paneled library, and business and fitness centers.
To ensure the historic preservation, this conversion took four years to renovate and complete Le Méridien’s stunning design. Upon completion, it quickly became one of Philadelphia's top hotels.