The Press Hotel Coming to Portland, Maine in 2015
Stop the presses! Start the construction. It was announced this week that Maine’s former Portland Press Herald building will be transformed into boutique accommodations — The Press Hotel, slated to open in 2015. (We had heard this was going to happen a few years ago but now it's legit.)
The 90-year old building on Exchange Street in the historic Old Port District has been abandoned since the city’s major newspaper relocated in 2010. But local Jim Brady — a longtime hotel developer who has renovated properties for Doubletree Hotels, Holiday Inn and others established brands — intends to preserve the history of the space. He described his vision in a statement about the project:
We want to connect with the history of the building, the talent of the region, and the skills of Maine’s craftsmen and artists. … This hotel will be connected to where the local scene is going while being rooted in its past.”
The interior, designed by Stonehill & Taylor (the team behind NYC spots like The Refinery and Ace), “will be a modern interpretation of Portland’s history of news and information, the long history of Maine’s appeal to artists and the building’s printing history.” Read: Free coffee and Screaming Rooms. (No? Well, this is supposed to appeal to journalists, right?)
When completed, the 110-room hotel — which is also gunning for LEED certification — will be part of the 60-property strong Autograph Collection, which includes New York’s Carlton Hotel, The Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas, and The Saint Hotel in New Orleans, among others. It will also boast a 100-seat restaurant designed by Big Time Design, which has been responsible for Watusi in Chicago and B Bar in Miami Beach. Brady has previously estimated that the project will run a $10 million dollar tab, which will be the first time that amount of money has been poured into a newsroom, according to every writer ever. Stay tuned for more details.
[Rendering: The Press Hotel]