The Kimpton Gray Hotel

Brushed Bronze fixtures preserve landmark’s Art Deco design in its transformation into a fashionable Downtown Chicago boutique hotel.

The Challenge

KHP Capital Partners saw hidden potential when it chose to transform the old New York Life Insurance Company’s Midwest headquarters into a 293-room boutique hotel—saving the building from destruction. Preservation Chicago listed the New York Life Building on its list of “Chicago’s most threatened buildings.” The building was in the process of becoming a landmark as one of the last connections to architect William Le Baron Jenney who designed it. Jenney built the first skyscraper 10 years prior to building the 14-story New York Life Building in 1894. Located in Downtown Chicago’s The Loop neighborhood, the New York Life Building is now the Kimpton Gray Hotel, earning its name from the original Georgia Gray in its lobby.

The Solution

Previous work on other Kimpton developments created the opportunity for award-winning interior design firm Beleco and the Kimpton team to collaborate with Symmons® Design Studio™ to produce custom products for the Kimpton Gray Hotel. Beleco specified plumbing fixtures and accessories in Symmons’ Brushed Bronze finish, which complements the building’s Art Deco style. Design Studio designed the following fixtures and accessories in Brushed Bronze:

Plumbing Fixtures:

  • Dia® Two Handle Widespread Lavatory Faucet
  • Dia Shower System paired with 3-Mode Shower Head
  • Custom Wall-Mounted Tub Filler with Hand Spray
  • Custom Shower/Hand Shower System with Rain Shower Head
  • Custom ADA Shower System

Bath Accessories:

  • Dia Towel Bar
  • Dia Toilet Paper Holder
  • Dia Robe Hook
  • Dia Towel Ring
  • Custom Shower Soap Basket
  • ADA Grab Bars

The Outcome

The understated Brushed Bronze theme extends beyond the guest rooms and into commons spaces through light fixtures, furnishings, and other accents, bringing a unified look to the 239,00 sq. ft. restored New York Life Building. The Kimpton Gray Hotel has won several awards and recognitions, including:

  • design et al’s “The International Hotel and Property Awards” 2017 Winner, Hotel Over 200 Rooms
  • Silver winner of the 2016 Chicago Design Awards
  • U.S. News & World Report's 2018 Best Hotels in Chicago
  • AAA Four Diamond Hotel, 2017
  • TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence
  • One of Building Design + Construction’s 2017 Reconstruction Gold Award Winners

About Symmons

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