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Step inside the Foundation Hotel in Detroit’s former Fire Department Headquarters

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The stylish boutique hotel highlights local artists

The conversion of the old Fire Department Headquarters into the Foundation Hotel in Detroit is a great example of functional, stylish adaptive reuse. Led by Aparium Hotel Group, McIntosh Poris Associates, Simeone Deary Design Group, and Sachse Construction, the hotel is a welcome addition to downtown.

Tiling from the old Fire Department was cleaned and repaired, and the big red doors were kept outside. Much of the rest of the design was new or salvaged from Detroit. Charred wood from the Architectural Salvage Warehouse separates the lobby from the jaw-dropping Apparatus Room. Custom light fixtures were designed for the space. 100 guest rooms now occupy what were once offices. Photos and artwork from local artists line the walls, and goodie baskets full of Detroit-made products are available in the rooms.

The Foundation Hotel is one of many new hotels opening in Detroit. It’s located right across from Cobo Center. Our video team stopped by recently to capture the inviting space in the clip above.