One of Detroit's historic downtown buildings will undergo another renovation, as well as a rebranding. The Roxbury Group announced today that the David Whitney Building will rebrand as an Autograph Collection Hotel.
Over the next year and a half, 136 guest rooms will be renovated and two more hotel floors will be added, for a total of 160 guest rooms and suites. 24 of the building's apartments will be converted to hotel suites, with the top seven floors housing the 80 residences.
In addition to the guest room renovation, the Roxbury Group is looking for a permanent restaurant for the event space at the corner of Woodward and Park Avenue. The XYZ bar and outdoor patio will also be revamped.
Patrick Thompson Design and Infuz Architects are leading the design for the hotel, along with Gensler on brand-identity and O’Brien Construction Company.
The Roxbury Group bought the building in 2011 and undertook a $94 million, award-winning restoration of the 1915 Daniel Burnham-designed building. It previously was home to many medical offices and retail, but was vacant in 2009. An Aloft Hotel is currently running in the building. The handsome building sits along Grand Circus Park and Woodward, and has one of the most stunning lobbies in the city. It also has a People Mover stop (popular especially during Tigers games).
Renovations should start later this summer and be completed by the end of 2023, when it will be rebranded.