by Andrea Doyle | July 03, 2018
The country's first West Elm Hotel has broken ground in downtown Indianapolis. Located in one of the city's architectural landmarks, the art deco Coca-Cola bottling plant, the 150-room boutique hotel will become part of the Bottleworks District, a $300 million, 12-acre mixed-use development that will include the city's first food hall, residence, offices and retail space. 
In what is said to be the largest private development of its kind in Indiana, Bottleworks will serve as a culinary, arts and entertainment hub. Designed in conjunction with RATIO and Eppstein Uhen Architects, the first phase of the transformation is expected to be completed in spring of 2020, with three phases to follow in the coming years.

"The work being done on this site is bold, it's forward-thinking, and it speaks volumes about the vibrancy and strength of Indianapolis," said Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett.

Scheduled to open in spring of 2020, The Garage at Bottleworks, a 30,000 square-foot local-focused food and market hall, will anchor the project, occupying two of the bottling plant's original garage buildings. The food hall will feature 1930s Art Deco terra-cotta facades, industrial architecture, large roll-up doors for an indoor-outdoor experience, and more than 25 food and beverage vendors.

"We've selected cities with rich histories and vibrant communities. Cities that are on the precipice and that represent unique real estate opportunities," said Kim Phoebus, principal of West Elm Hotels. "The historic Coca-Cola bottling factory in Indianapolis is an incredible building, a perfect location for our hotel."

One of the first in a planned series of six design-centric properties, West Elm Hotel - Indianapolis will include a restaurant and rooftop bar, a central atrium, and will reflect the brand's modern aesthetic and community-focused environment, as well as the local character of Indianapolis. The historic art deco elements of the building will be central to the design of the hotel. 

"Bottleworks and the world's first West Elm Hotel will add even more vibrancy to what is arguably one of the hippest downtown neighborhoods in the entire Midwest," said Leonard Hoops, president and CEO of Visit Indy. "The West Elm property will blend original architectural elements from the Coca-Cola bottling plant's administration building with sleek new design and modern amenities. And its guests will enjoy a mix of top national names and only-in-Indy options for dining, entertainment and retail. Bottleworks will absolutely become a must-visit destination for locals and visitors alike."