Revised design sees Milwaukee hotel downsize

Eloise Hanson By Eloise Hanson
16 July 2019 | Updated 16 July 2019

US: Proposals for the five-storey Kinn Hotel conversion, in downtown Milwaukee, has been reduced to just one-storey in a bid to win city approval.

Developer Charles Bailey initially proposed to build five additional floors atop a historic building at 600 N. Broadway.

When city historic preservation planners raised concerns about the impact to surrounding buildings, Bailey revised his proposal twice, settling to develop just one penthouse level.

The original boutique 62-bed Kinn Hotel will now shrink to 27 rooms. 

Designed by Vetter Architects, the proposal seeks to complement the property's historic architecture through a "modern interpretation that follows the inherent forms and patterns of the original building."

Accordingly, the penthouse would be obscured from street view and would feature a rooftop bar and lounge, along with an outdoor deck.

"Adding just one penthouse level would allow the project to obtain state and federal historic preservation tax credits as part of its financing package," said Bailey, who hopes to begin renovations immediately if the revised proposal is accepted at the next Historic Preservation Commission meeting, 5th August 2019.

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