LaSalle Hotel Properties’ Heathman Hotel’s 151 guestrooms and public spaces were updated to showcase a bright and modern design from Jackie McGee, formerly of Perkins + Will, rooted in the building’s history dating back to 1927.
The lobby was transformed to mirror that of a living room at the hotel, which is managed by Provenance Hotels. A 3D map named 200 X 200 hangs behind the front desk, highlighting the city’s 200 ft. long city blocks. Focal points of the lobby are columns surrounded by hundreds of floating black discs that represent the “Portland Penny,” referencing the coin Portland founders Francis Pettygrove and Asa Lovejoy flipped to name the bend in the Willamette River that eventually blossomed into the city.
The new two-story Heathman Library is the The heart of the property, managed by Provenance Hotels, is the new two-story Heathman Library which is housed in the former Tea Court Lounge, and offers more than 3,000 volumes of works signed by the authors. A massive bookcase takes up the full height of the room, and all guests have access to the collection. A warm palette of colors dresses the space, and a fireplace adorned with white handcrafted tile along with herringbone wood floors help to root the room’s residential feel.
Guestrooms make use of natural materials, reclaimed items and local art. Whitewashed wood-paneled walls frame wood flooring adorned with a blue area rug, caramel furniture, and gray accents amid a neutral color palette. A handblown glass credenza becomes a focal point of the room, while art from Portland artists round out the design. Katie Jeanne Reim’s “Rose City” pairs the patterns of topographical maps with natural images. Barry D. Kaine’s “St. John’s Bridge,” Tony Thomas’ vibrant “Sellwood,” the abstract “Dimension 9” by Hilary Winfield, and Rachel Ann Austin’s “Poppies” are all works that can be found throughout the rooms.
Photo: Courtesy of Provenance Hotels