21c Museum Hotels to Restore Historic Cincinnati Hotel

Part of a citywide revival effort, 21c Museum Hotels will renovate and restore the former Metropole Hotel in Cincinnati, Ohio, where it will be the downtown area's first new hotel in more than 20 years, it announced this month.

Restoration of the historic landmark, which will proceed in collaboration with the Cincinnati Center City Development Corporation, will commence next fall with a projected opening in mid-2012.

"Surrounded by the Lois and Richard Rosenthal Center for Contemporary Art and the Aronoff Center, the Metropole is located in the center of the downtown Cincinnati arts district," said Richard Rosenthal, an emeritus trustee of the Lois and Richard Rosenthal Center for Contemporary Art, which is adjacent to the former Metropole and future 21c Museum Hotel. "This historic building is a cornerstone of the city waiting for an organization of the caliber of 21c to restore it to its original grandeur. 21c Museum Hotel will bring local residents and visitors downtown and provide a major boost for Cincinnati's reputation as a destination for the arts."

Following in the footsteps of the first 21c Museum Hotel—which was opened in Louisville, Ky., in 2006 by a pair of philanthropists and art patrons, who wanted to create an art-themed hotel promoting the city's arts and theater district—the new 21c Museum Hotel in Cincinnati will cost $45 million and will have 160 guest rooms, an onsite restaurant and bar, an unspecified amount of meeting space and an admissions-free contemporary art museum with more than 8,000 square feet of exhibition space.

"Based on the success of 21c Museum Hotel in Louisville, we realized we had the opportunity to enliven the cultural and civic life in urban centers across the country," 21c Museum Hotels Founder and Chairman Steve Wilson said in a statement. "21c Museum Hotel in Louisville is the touchstone of this philosophy. We are a catalyst for art and civic programming and the response from the public has been tremendous. We're very excited about the opportunity to bring a 21c Museum Hotel to Cincinnati and look forward to being part of the downtown revitalization."