21c Museum hotel planned for downtown Nashville
21c Museum Hotels has completed the purchase of its proposed site in downtown Nashville from the city for $6.8 million. The boutique hotel will be located within the 1890s-era building located at 2223rd Avenue North, which most recently housed city offices.
The building is on the National Register of Historic Places and is located within the Second Avenue Historic Preservation Overlay District. The company will keep the exterior intact while renovating the interior of the building. Depending on the final design, the hotel will have between 100 to 200 rooms.
21c Museum Hotels, based in Louisville, Kentucky, is known for featuring contemporary art exhibitions at hotels located in historic areas.
Phillip Allen, general counsel for the hotel chain, told reporters the design phase of the company’s hotels is a fairly long process, and he would not project an expected completion date or cost for renovations. He said the company will apply for historic tax credits under a federal program administered by the U.S. Department of the Interior.
In addition to Louisville, 21 c Museum Hotels has locations in Cincinnati and Bentonville, Arkansas, and a hotel is under construction in Durham, North Carolina. Other hotels under development will be located in Lexington, Kentucky, Oklahoma City and Kansas City, Missouri.
The 21c Museum Hotel is one of several boutique hotels being developed in Nashville. One is planned for the former bank building at 401 Union St. Another is targeted for property on Printers Alley and Fourth Avenue North.