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New Boutique Hotel Pays Tribute to Bozeman Architect Fred Willson

by Hart Real Estate Solutions

The Bozeman we all know and love today would look much different without the influence and design of Bozeman-born architect Frederick Willson.

After spending time in Paris following his graduation from Columbia University, Willson brought the influence of multiple architectural styles back to Bozeman with him, including Mission Revival and Art Deco. Over the next 46 years, he designed hundreds of well-known buildings in Bozeman and other Montana cities, including the Ellen Theatre, the Baxter Hotel, the Emerson Cultural Center, and both MSU’s original Student Union Building and Hamilton Hall. Although Willson died in 1956, his work can still be seen around Bozeman, West Yellowstone and Three Forks today.

Fast forward to 2018— the old National Guard armory building on the corner of Mendenhall and Willson will soon be transformed into the Etha Hotel, an eight-story boutique hotel with 122 rooms and a pool. Bozeman-based Venue Architects have plans to convert the concrete structure into a 17,000 square foot space, which will have enough room for an event area and an American bistro on the ground floor, and a bar or restaurant on the building’s rooftop.

The hotel will retain 98% of the original armory building, which was designed by Willson and constructed in 1941. The new building’s Art Deco style will imitate that of Willson’s previous designs, as elements such as doors and awnings have been taken from sketches of Willson’s that were never included in the armory’s original design. The entire project is expected to be completed by the end of 2019.

Element Hotel Takes on Growing Bozeman Tourism

by Tim Hart

With tourism spending in Montana close to $4 billion, with 662 million of those dollars being spent in the Gallatin County, its no wonder Bozeman has looked to take advantage of growing tourism in the area. After reports that hotels had their weekends booked through summer before the end of May, it makes sense that new hotels might try to grab some of the growing tourism market. This coming week, Bozeman will welcome a new hotel to its downtown—the Element hotel.

The Element will be 5 stories and have 104 rooms. It will be located on East Mendenhall, just a block from the vibrant downtown Bozeman district.

The hotel is part of a branch called the Starwood Resort Chain and will be the first LEED certified sustainable hotel in the state. Its sustainability, part of where the Element name came from, is the hotel’s claim to fame. It has been built with salvaged wood ceilings, recycled carpet and flooring made from reused tires. Starwood Resorts want to have all of their hotels reduce their water usage by 20% and carbon emissions by 30% by 2020. For this reason, single use toiletries and bottled waters will be replaced with more sustainable alternatives.

The hotel will employ 50 people, will have dog-friendly rooms and will also have free bikes to rent for its patrons. The hotel joins the Lark Motel and the Etha Hotel as recent hotel projects near downtown. The Etha is still under construction.

Yellowstone is on pace to break visitor records this year while the local skiing continues to garner a larger reputation and following. All the industries that focus on tourism, including the airport, have seen increased traffic. So long as more and more people continue to want to visit and experience Bozeman and Montana’s beauty, the city should expect to see tourist based businesses continue to grow in the area.

 

Source: http://www.bozemandailychronicle.com/news/economy/element-hotel-ready-to-open-in-downtown-bozeman/article_c4f4bffd-95c8-57e7-815e-2434cb000605.html

 

 

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