Published on : Friday, March 15, 2019
Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants will own and operate the newest hotel to come to downtown on Mendenhall Street. The hotel, under the working name Etha, is under construction in the old National Armory Building designed by architect Fred Willson in the 1940s.
This new hotel will feature a restaurant and a bar featuring music and live entertainment as well as 8,000 square feet of meeting and event space. There will also be a concert hall designed to attract top musical acts and a rooftop pool and bar.
When complete, the hotel will replace the Baxter as the tallest building downtown. But because the Etha on Mendenhall Street is situated about 5 feet below the Baxter on Main Street, Etha developer Corey Lawrence said the building will peek out above the Baxter’s sign, but shouldn’t appear much taller than it.
Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants has an adaptive reuse scheduled to open in Bozeman early next year.
Located in the heart of historic downtown Bozeman, the project will turn the National Guard Armory building into a 122-room hotel with a signature restaurant, a whisky and bar centric speakeasy featuring music and live entertainment, and 8,000 square feet of meeting and event space.
The new Kimpton will also feature a concert hall designed to attract top musical performances, as well as a rooftop pool and bar where guests can enjoy breathtaking views of the Bridger Mountain Range.
The location will attract a broad spectrum of outdoor enthusiasts, with Yellowstone National Park as well as Big Sky and Bridger Bowl ski resorts at its doorstep. In addition to Bozeman’s premiere outdoor offerings, which extend to incredible biking trails and fishing adventures, the city is also home to a vibrant art and music scene.
The National Guard Armory building was constructed in 1941 and is on the National Register of Historic Places. In keeping true to the building’s history, the design will retain the original Art Deco style created by famed Bozeman architect Fred Willson.
Kimpton’s Global Senior Vice President of Design Ave Bradley will spearhead the renovation, in partnership with Venue Architects, MarkZeff Architecture and Interior Design and Studio R Interiors. Other recent Kimpton adaptive reuse projects include the Gray Hotel in Chicago, the Schofield in Cleveland and the De Witt in Amsterdam.
The new project bears close affiliation with local adventure travel company Off the Beaten Path as its CEO, Cory Lawrence, is included among the partners of Etxea (“et-she-a”) Hospitality, the development company responsible for the project. Kimpton co-founder and former CEO Tom LaTour is also a partner on the project.