The Industrialist Hotel, Autograph Collection, has opened in Pittsburgh’s central business district. The 124-room hotel, owned by HRI Properties and managed by HRI Lodging, is housed within the 18-story landmark Arrott building.
The hotel, inspired by Pittsburgh’s resilient history as a steel capital, was meticulously restored and renovated by Desmone Architects and designed by Stonehill Taylor, and features a dynamic lobby bar, social lounge with fireplace and communal seating, fitness center, and signature modern American restaurant the Rebel Room.
The building, constructed in 1902 for James Arrott ─ known as the “Bathtub King of Pittsburgh” for being the first in the region to offer enameled iron bathtubs through his manufacturing business ─ was added to the Pittsburgh History and Landmarks Foundation Historic Landmarks list in 2000. While the historic façade holds rich architectural details, Stonehill Taylor intentionally designed the hotel’s modernized interiors to reflect themes of smoke and molten metal juxtaposed with meticulously preserved details from the turn of the century, including original marble walls, ornate ceilings, and arched windows.
The focal points of the ground floor entrance are two modern metal sculptural chandeliers inspired by machinery and steel fabrication. Guestrooms feature a monochromatic color palette, leather accents, smoke-like abstract artworks, and ambient lighting, while bathrooms feature dark granite tile, fire-colored custom wallcoverings, and brass fixtures.
Photo: Courtesy of Marriott International