21c museum hotel durham : durham, nc

art deco, art, + contemporary design

Client: 21c Museum Hotels

The project restores and reimagines the historic Hill Building in downtown Durham, designed by Shreve, Lamb, and Harmon, architects of the Empire State Building. PWWG partnered again with Design Architect Deborah Berke Partners to transform the 17-story building into a 125-room boutique hotel with 10,500 sf of gallery space for contemporary art; a signature restaurant; and event and meeting spaces. The transformation achieved an effortless relationship between the original structure and contemporary design for the building’s new program, restoring and integrating “character defining features” of the original structure. All work met strict National Park Service and State Historic Preservation Office standards for preservation.


134,000 sf

Construction Cost


Firm Responsibility

Forensic Investigation
Document Existing Conditions
Architectural Design
Contract Documents
Contract Administration

Completion Date



AIA North Carolina, Tower Award for Historic Preservation and Adaptive Reuse

AIA Pittsburgh, Award of Excellence, Interiors

FX Magazine, International Interior Design Award, Shortlist

Interior Design Magazine, Best Hotel Renewal

Society of American Registered Architects, Finalist, Interior and Preservation Architecture


Design Architect

Deborah Berke Partners

Civil Engineer

Coulter Jewell Thames

Structural Engineer


MEP Engineer

KLH Engineers

Construction Manager

Skanska USA

Historic Preservation Consultant

Judith B. Williams, HPC

Lighting Design


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