Retrofit Magazine: Renwick Hotel Redesign Focuses on Whimsical Luxury, Modern Design

Mar 6, 2017

Architects opt for DXV bath fixtures and fittings, a natural fit for The Renwick

“I want to go places and see people. I want my mind to grow. I want to live where things happen on a big scale.” That was the dream of F. Scott Fitzgerald, one-­time resident of what is now The Renwick Hotel in the heart of midtown Manhattan. Were he to return today to the brick building built in 1928 as a residence for artists, intellectuals and authors, Fitzgerald could do all that and more.


He would see travelers seeking unexpected design and artistry. His mind would grow contemplating the graffiti-­style mural in the lobby. And he would live in a room with hand painted window shades of the New York City skyline and bathroom ceilings tiled in Art Deco geometric motifs. He would even find ceramic mugs imprinted with a quote from “The Great Gatsby”.


The creative spirits of Fitzgerald and other resident art icons and literary legends, such as John Steinbeck and Thomas Mann, live on in the new Renwick, thanks to the design by Stonehill & Taylor Architects.


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