Marcus Hotels & Resorts’ new 219-room (a former InterContinental), art-driven Saint Kate hotel in its hometown of Milwaukee, Wisconsin, was designed to create a platform for emerging and established art.
The hotel designed by Stonehill Taylor has a permanent art collection of over 100 pieces features work from the likes of internationally renowned artists such as Damien Hirst, Robert Rauschenberg, Robert Mapplethorpe, Candida Hofer, and has an in-house curator Maureen Ragalie.
The hotel has five special artist-created guest rooms by local artists, as well as five unique culinary experiences, a 95-seat black box theatre for rotating performances, and multiple gallery and exhibition spaces.
The standout design element at Saint Kate is “The Bar,” directly across from reception, which acts as the focal point and primary gathering area for all guests, said Mike Suomi, principal and vice president of Interior Design, Stonehill Taylor. “Prior to the renovation, the bar was located along the curved wall of windows in the lounge. We wanted to move the bar to a more central location to anchor the lobby and allow for direct views from the street. The Bar’s sculptural hanging cage creates visibility from all sides of the bar and makes it the perfect spot to catch one of Saint Kate’s pop-up performances.”
“Saint Kate is a celebration of all art forms, including performance, music, visual and interactive art. Of course, in Milwaukee, we stand out,” said Erin Levzow, vice president of Marketing, Marcus Hotels & Resorts.
When Marcus set out to price rooms, Levzow said it knew that demographic would pay for an experience. “It is not only a hotel but a full immersive experience where we hope that perspectives are changed and minds are opened. In the Milwaukee market we are competitively priced,” she said.