One of the more anticipated openings this spring is the Foundation Hotel, located at the old Detroit Fire Department Headquarters at Larned and Washington. The hotel has been in the works for years, and with construction starting early last year, it’s finally ready to open its doors in May.
The 100-key hotel will be home to The Apparatus Room, a new restaurant with a “hyper-regional experience,” led by Michigan-native and two Michelin-starred chef Thomas Lents.
The hotel is hosting preview nights, as announced on their Facebook page, May 8-12. Guests can be the first to stay at the hotel and it includes breakfast, lunch, two drinks, plus 50% off dinner. Reservations can be made here.
In addition to the renovation of the Detroit Fire Department building, the hotel will also encompass the former Pontchartrain Wine Cellars building directly adjacent and house a new rooftop ballroom with expansive views of downtown Detroit.
According to a release from Aparium Hotel Group, who is leading the hotel, they hope to capture both Detroit’s past and future in the design aesthetic. McIntosh Poris Associates are the architects for the project, and the interior is being designed in partnership with Simeone Deary Design Group. Their “design ethos is meant to tell the shared vision of the new Detroit by juxtaposing existing firehouse features such as the iconic red arched doors and the historic glazed brick tiles and setting them against modern locally made fixtures.”
Guestrooms include reclaimed and repurposed moldings and a reinterpretation of fordite sitting side-by-side with industrial chic and automotive inspired furniture pieces. The team has also worked with local businesses Detroit Wallpaper Company and Architectural Salvage Warehouse to contribute to the hotel’s communal and industrial design.
The hotel officially opens May 15. More information can be found here and we’ll have photos in the coming weeks.