Conor Hawkins sent along a photo showing the progress on the Curtiss Hotel’s cornice. This view is along Franklin Street.
The Curtiss Hotel’s new cornice is being installed this week, nearly wrapping up exterior work on the building. Developer Mark Croce anticipates a summer opening for the luxury property located at the corner of Franklin and W. Huron streets.
While Boston Valley Terra Cotta produced the replacements needed for the building’s ornate façade, lobby hall, and a new rain screen wall on the rooftop bar level, the cornice is a replica of the original terra cotta.
“We definitely wanted to add a cornice back but the infrastructure to support such a heavy feature was removed some time ago,” says Croce. “We had to go with a light-weight replica made out of a fiberglass material finished to match the original terra cotta.”
The circa-1912, six-story building will contain 68 hotel rooms, a full-service three-meal restaurant, high-end finishes, valet parking, and a rooftop patio bar.
A ground-floor restaurant will provide breakfast, lunch and dinner, seven days a week. The dining operation is expected to house around 150 people, plus another 50 or so people at the bar, bringing the total entertaining capacity of the first floor to around 200+ customers. It will feature a revolving bar modeled after the former Chez Ami restaurant and bar that was located on Delaware Avenue.
Also at ground level will be an outdoor ‘urban hot spring’ that will be able to be utilized year round indoors & outdoors.
Young + Wright Architects designed the project and R&P Oakhill Development is managing the construction.
“I am aiming for a June opening but I will not cut any corners to meet an artificial date,” says Croce who is heading to Los Angeles soon to pick out some final items for the hotel. “Contractors in the area are very busy and that has impacted our timeline. I promise it will be worth the wait.”
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