Converted from the original Portland Press Herald Building, the Press Hotel, part of the Marriott Autograph Collection, is an ode to the site’s unique history. The modern aesthetic of the hotel’s public spaces–reception, four lobby lounges, a local art gallery, and bar-exude an urban sophistication, while allowing guests to experience the building’s history and celebrating the writer’s trade in a sincere way. Stonehill Taylor partnered with Press Herald editors to weave references to the newspaper throughout the design.
The hotel also serves as a showcase for Portland’s emerging artistic expression. In addition to the hotel’s gallery space, the public areas and guestrooms all showcase art from hand-picked local artists and custom pieces from the art professors and students of the nearby Maine College of Art. With LEED Silver Certification, the conversion plans were historically sensitive, energy-efficient and environmentally sustainable.