The new Milwaukee Marriott Downtown hotel is the city’s newest four-star full-service hotel. Combining beautiful space and smart design in a convenient location, this world-class hotel replaces five deteriorating and underutilized buildings in a high-profile downtown location. It will spark economic growth for downtown’s revitalization, enhance the region’s national reputation and help draw more visitors to town for business, conventions and pleasure. Navigating the project through the complex municipal approval process amidst great community attention and scrutiny, the design team has developed a brilliant solution to please both the historic preservation community and contemporary business and economic proponents.
The design solution is an L-shaped hotel that wraps around a beautifully restored and renovated corner building. It preserves and recreates the original facades of 19th century buildings along Wisconsin Avenue, while a modern brick building rejuvenates the Milwaukee Street side. A plan with a nod to both the new and old is designed to create a compromise for a divided community.