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1:13 pm
Tue August 26, 2014

Renaissance Hotel renovation features building's historic details

Cincinnati's Bartlett Building at Fourth and Walnut has a new look. Marriott's Renaissance Hotel is now open in the former bank space.

The building was designed and built in 1901 by famed architect Daniel Burnham but it has sat empty since 2010.

Mayor John Cranley praised the renovation, saying, "preservation works."

"You can't replicate this kind of architecture in other cities. Adaptive reuse of existing great architecture sets us apart from our competitors, not only in the suburbs but nationally. We're one of the few great 19th century cities that have a huge advantage over all of our competitors because of architectural gems like this."

Paul Muller, president of the Cincinnati Preservation Association, agrees.

"We're one of the leading preservation cities in the nation," says Muller. "That's important because it's a cultural proposition, it's a quality of life proposition, and most importantly, it's an economic proposition. These buildings are what the successful cities around the country are using to drive their growth. And as Mayor Cranley pointed out, we have a lot of it in Cincinnati."

The $50 million renovation was privately funded, though the hotel is getting a 12 year tax abatement from the city.

The Renaissance features 323 hotel rooms, a full service restaurant and event space.