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Showing Some Love: Kimpton Lands a Mural-Filled Third Property in Philly

February 19, 2014 at 12:31 PM | by | ()

Surprise surprise, look who's at it again.

The City of Brotherly Love confirmed this week that a third Kimpton Hotels will open in the 73-year-old Family Court Building in the Logan Square neighborhood, joining its already existing properties, the Hotel Palomar in Rittenhouse Square and the Hotel Monaco on Independence Hall.

The location will be on the other side of Logan Circle from the soon-to-be old spot of the Four Seasons, close to the Barnes Museum and just down the Ben Franklin Parkway from the Art Museum.

Because this is merely an announcement that Kimpton has won the bid over two others, not many details of the property have been revealed other than that the historical features of the building must be preserved, including the 37 murals that adorn the interior walls.

According to Philly.com, the project will cost about $90 million and have approximately 200 rooms. The local news outlet is also reporting that a 356-room, $170-million Fairmont Hotel was one of the competing bids, but that it was passed on because it would have required a significant amount of public funding.

Once the Family Court Building is emptied (it's currently an active juvenile court), the space will take about 18 months to convert. We will, of course, update you as things move along. Personally, we can't wait to see what Kimpton does with the interior, given those 37 aforementioned murals. Most Kimptons are colorful, but could this be the boldest yet?

[Photo:Ron Tarver/Philly.com]

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