El Paso Plaza
El Paso, TX
Built in 1930, the art-deco style El Paso Plaza Hotel was the first high-rise in Conrad Hilton's hotel empire and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Cooper Carry, in association with local architect In Situ, is leading an historic hotel renovation of the long-vacant 88-year-old property into a 131-room, upscale boutique hotel. Slated to open in Spring 2019, the 19-story building will have 6,500 square feet of restaurant and bar space and 7,600 square feet of event space.
In order to receive the historic state tax credits, abatements and incentives necessary to fund this work, the team is collaborating closely with the Texas State Historic Preservation Office to ensure the original design is preserved to the greatest extent. In addition to restoration and rehabilitation, the design incorporates the necessary elements and layout to accommodate today's modern amenities and hotel operations.
Despite several decades of renovations that undermined the original design, the team is surgically intervening, where required, to honor the original spatial intent and detailing of the historic elements. The work includes converting the penthouse suite into a rooftop bar and event space, as well as reinstating the original double height lobby atrium, capped in a mid-century era renovation which will bring back the grand entrance at the heart of the building, and once again make the El Paso Plaza Hotel the social hub and heartbeat of downtown El Paso.