The Dwell Hotel is a renovation of a three-story brick and limestone building built in 1909 in downtown Chattanooga. With a few exceptions, the building has been a used primarily as a hotel, most recently the Stone Fort Inn, throughout its life. The new owner decided to rebrand the hotel, giving it new life with an interior facelift while preserving the historic character of the building.
Our team worked closely with the hotel’s interior design team, local contractors and several specialty artisans to help realize the owner’s unique vision while meeting a short construction schedule that resulted in a very limited impact on the already thriving hotel and restaurant business.
At approximately 4,500 sf per floor, the renovation included an expansion and renovation of the restaurant kitchen that brought it up to current health department requirements, a complete re-imagining of the hotel bar, new lounge spaces for patrons and guests, and new reception desk on the first floor.
The upper two floors contain the hotel’s 16 guest rooms. Renovations of these floors included the combination of two guest rooms on each floor to create executive suites. We also completely reworked the guest bathrooms and designed new housekeeping and service areas, as well as implement modern guest security and access controls. The team also designed significant upgrades to the building’s electrical, HVAC and plumbing systems to provide for a modern and comfortable hotel experience.
Learn more about The Dwell Hotel here.
Dwell in the news
“THE BRICK EXTERIOR OF THIS BUILDING REFLECTS ITS 1909 ROOTS, BUT INSIDE THE 1950’S FLAIR IS APPARENT. IT IS ONE-OF-A-KIND MID-CENTURY VINTAGE FINDS THAT MAKE THE HOLLYWOOD FEEL HERE… THE AESTHETIC, EXECUTED WITH DESIGN TOUCHES SUCH AS PATTERNED WALLPAPER, CLEAR FOOTSTOOLS WITH GREENERY INSIDE, FUNKY LIGHT FIXTURES, CHEEKY MANNEQUINS, SLEEK FURNISHINGS, EXPRESSIVE ORIGINAL ART AND CAREFULLY EXECUTED HAND LETTERING COMES TOGETHER IN AN INSPIRED, ENERGETIC WAY. THE VOICE OF THE DWELL DESIGN TEAM IN INTENTIONAL AND APPARENT AT EVERY CORNER.”
“TO UPGRADE THE DWELL’S ARCHITECTURE, OJANPERA TURNED TO LOCAL FIRM COGENT STUDIO (THE STUDIO SHE WORKED WITH ON HER LUXURY RETREAT CENTER IN A MOUNTAIN HOME IN GEORGIA), WHICH FOLLOWING TWO MONTHS OF PLANNING, COMPLETED THE RENOVATION IN ONLY THREE MONTHS, INSTALLING ALUMINUM CLAD WOOD WINDOWS, DEMOLISHING AND REPLACING THE WOOD ROOF, AND RETROFITTING LUXE BATHROOMS.”
“CHATTANOOGA’S FIRST LUXURY BOUTIQUE HOTEL PRESENTS AN INTERIOR WHICH EXUDES THE ENERGY OF OLD HOLLYWOOD AND SOUTH BEACH, WHILE ITS EXPOSED BRICK AND LIMESTONE OUTER SHELL GIVES A GENTLE NOD TO CHATTANOOGA’S INDUSTRIAL HERITAGE.”
“THE MIDCENTURY-MODERN LOOK IS UNMISTAKABLE—CLEAN AND UNCLUTTERED WITH VIVID COLORS, MATERIALS LIKE PLYWOOD AND METAL, GEOMETRIC AND CURVY FORMS, AND INTERESTING TEXTURES AND PATTERNS.”
“CHATTANOOGA HAS GARNERED A REPUTATION AS ONE OF THE SOUTH’S HIPPEST DESTINATIONS FOR MUSIC, ART, AND OUTDOOR ADVENTURE, SO IT’S ABOUT TIME THIS LITTLE RIVER CITY LANDED A CHIC BOUTIQUE HOTEL.”
“THE DWELL HOTEL TAKES THE SCENE TO A CHIC NEW LEVEL, DRAWING A FRESH SET OF DESIGN-MINDED VISITORS WITH ITS 16 BRIGHT, RETRO-INSPIRED ROOMS THAT COULDN’T BE MORE PERFECTLY SUITED FOR YOUR INSTA FEED.”