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21c Museum Hotels Will Bring Its Artsy Style To the Music City

May 19, 2014 at 4:50 PM | by | Comments (0)

It's not just high-flying Virgins that are headed to Nashville, but museum lovers too.

According to Tennessean, a landmark building in Downtown Nashville has been sold at auction to 21c Museum Hotels. It must have been meant to be, as it was reportedly the 21st bid (of $6.8 million) that won the luxury boutique hotel and restaurant group its new Nashville digs.

This will be the 5th hotel following Louisville, Cincinnati, Bentonville and Durham (due to open in early 2015.) The hotel group also plans to expand into Lexington; in an historic bank designed by McKim Mead and White; Oklahoma City, in a former Ford Model T plant, and Kansas City; in a redevelopment of the Savoy Hotel and Grill. Each of these future hotels sound so great we had to mention them.

The Nashville property, located at 222 Third Avenue North, dates to the 1890s and is a registered national landmark. It was most recently used as office space and will need some work to convert it to a luxury boutique hotel. But taking on an historic building and bringing out its character are what make the 21c Hotels so appealing. With the exception of Bentonville, which is a new build, each of the 21c hotels was uniquely developed as an adpative reuse.

All of the 21c Museum Hotels to date have been designed by New York-based architectural firm Deborah Berke Partners. We cannot confirm as of yet if Berke will design the Nashville hotel, nor any details about the hotel's planned services and amenities. We will follow up on all that and other news as the project proceeds.

[Photo: The Tennessean]

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