Location – Chicago Style – 1920s influence Designer – Simeone Deary Design Group Best Design Feature – The restored gold-leaf ceiling
The $200 million renovation and expansion of the 1923 Alfred Alschuler-designed London Guarantee & Accident Building into the London House hotel has been a multi-year labor of love for developer Oxford Capital Group, architect Goettsch Partners, and interior specialist Simeone Deary Design Group.
The hotel is partly within the neoclassical London Guarantee Building from 1923 and an adjacent new glass-clad infill addition by Goettsch Partners and the the hotel’s interiors span the two buildings.
The transition between the old and new is perhaps most noticeable on the building’s first floor, where the original details of the London Guarantee & Accident Building’s original gold-leaf ceiling have been carefully restored.
When designing the interiors for the new London House Chicago Hotel, Simeone Deary Design Group “made the most of the hotel’s site and history” and looked to the deeper concepts of the École for inspiration, evoking the movement’s deployment of contrasts between light and dark finishes, as well as small and large spaces, while organizing the interiors around predominantly symmetrical axial arrangements.
The original Beaux- Arts motifs of the historic tower provide direct precedents for many of the design details. Jazz Age jewelry provided inspiration for custom light fixtures with lacey pendants, chains, and cut crystal. Wallcoverings marking the entry to each guestroom reprise the patterns of radiator grills in the original lobby and within each room, automotive motifs balance the feminine touches of the public zones with a jolt of masculinity.
During our stay we had a room that overlooked the Chicago River and it was a great window spot to rest with a nice glass of wine before heading out for the evening.