The opening of the Aloft Philadelphia Downtown required the revival of the landmarked Liberty Title & Trust Building, a former bank, for modern use. In order to accomodate luxurious amenity spaces and 179 guestrooms, Stonehill Taylor oversaw an authentic historical renovation of the interior finishes, as well as an expansion of the original structure, with the help of Philadelphia-based firms Powers & company and Blackney Hayes Architects.
Inspired by Philadelphia’s color murals, diverse public sculptures, and overall passion for creativity, the design concept focuses on bridging the gap between old and new. The team sought to revitalize the traditional architectural features of the original 1925 bank building while introducing vibrant and contemporary artwork, patterns, and textures. Nods to Philadelphia’s important historic past are found throughout the hotel. Most notable are features is the depiction of the Liberty Bell on the floor of the Lobby, liberty-bell inspired chandeliers, and the vintage safety deposit boxes from Liberty Title & Trust which adorn an oversized bookshelf and lead the eye up to the 20-foot-high, soaring coffered ceilings lined with ornate 20th century medallions.