21c museum hotel lexington: lexington, ky

a landmark bank reinvented

Client: 21c Museum Hotels

This project transforms four adjacent historic commercial buildings in downtown Lexington into an 88-room boutique hotel; contemporary art gallery; signature restaurant; and event and meeting spaces. The ensemble of buildings includes the Beaux Arts 15-story First National Bank Building, designed in 1914 by McKim Mead & White, and listed on the National Register of Historic Places. PWWG and Deborah Berke Partners worked with the Kentucky State Historic Preservation Office and the National Park Service to navigate complex design, code, and construction challenges while restoring and integrating the “character defining features” of the original structures. Today 21c Lexington is fostering the ongoing economic revival of downtown Lexington and strengthening its role as a cultural destination.


103,500 sf

Construction Cost


Firm Responsibility

Forensic Investigation
Document Exist. Conditions
Architectural Design
Contract Documents
Contract Administration

Completion Date

March 2016


AIA Pittsburgh, Award of Excellence, Preservation


Design Architect

Deborah Berke Partners

Civil Engineer

Palmer Engineering (Lexington, OH)

Structural Engineer

Atlantic Engineering Services

MEP Engineer

Kohrs Lonnemann Heil Engineers

Construction Manager

Wehr Constructors, Inc.

Historic Preservation Consultant

Judith B. Williams

Master Trompe-l'œil Artist

Created Illusions by Andrea Frangiosa

Lighting Designer


Food Service Consultant


Acoustic Consultant

Babich Acoustics


Mike Schwartz Photo


GLINT Studios

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