Aloft to Debut in Philadelphia
Stonehill & Taylor spearheads adaptive-reuse project
A former bank building in downtown Philadelphia has been reborn as an Aloft hotel. The latest location for the self-proclaimed “style at a steal” Marriott brand is a 179-key hotel housed in the 1920s-era Liberty Title & Trust Building.
Architecture/interior design firm Stonehill & Taylor renovated the existing structure’s interiors and, in conjunction with local Powers & Co. and Blackney Hayes Architects, expanded it to connect to the Philadelphia Convention Center. Blackney Hayes also renovated the hotel’s façade.
The lobby bar at the Aloft Philadelphia Downtown. Photo: Taggart Sorensen
The Aloft Philadelphia Downtown’s entry experience features a street-level vestibule with original marble flooring and a rotating display of contemporary art. The second-floor lobby, previously the bank’s main level, includes 27-foot coffered ceilings lined with bank seals, 23-ft.-tall arched windows, a Liberty Bell floor medallion, a clock from the building’s original incarnation and a black marble bar counter with an illuminated bottle display.
The space is furnished with semi-circle banquettes, angular tables with reflective finishes, rounded lounge chairs and custom black metal chandeliers that reference the cracked Liberty Bell. Vintage safety deposit boxes from the original bank decorate the floor-to-ceiling bookshelf.
The outdoor terrace bar, Back Yard. Photo: Taggart Sorensen
Lined by a digital ticker, an arched entryway featuring neon art leads to the mezzanine. That floor includes a balcony overlooking the lobby; an outdoor terrace bar dubbed the Back Yard; Refuel, a grab-and-go café; a fitness center in the original bank vault; and private meeting rooms.
A double guest room at Aloft Philadelphia Downtown. Photo: Taggart Sorensen
In the guest rooms, project participants say they opted for a minimalist approach, with photographic works incorporated into tufted headboards and carpet designs inspired by brushstrokes.