21c Museum Hotel Penthouse

Envisioned as a catalyst for a renaissance of Louisville’s struggling downtown, the 21c Museum Hotel is a mixed-use luxury hotel that hosts free, ongoing exhibits by prominent living artists and provides clients Steve Wilson and Laura Lee Brown a unique setting to share their extensive collection of contemporary art. DBPA transformed five, contiguous, late 18th-century brick and cast iron buildings within a nationally registered historic district into a 100,000-square-foot hotel and museum with 90 rooms, 6,000 square feet of gallery space, and world-class restaurant.

Perched atop the hotel roof is the owner’s 2,000 square feet, 2 bedroom penthouse apartment. The apartment is designed to be an intimate pied-a-terre as well as an extraordinary event space with glass and wood doors that open up onto a large private terrace with expansive views of downtown Louisville and the Ohio River. The couple’s love of contemporary art can be seen throughout the apartment on walls and in the carefully selected furnishings. The modern, clean lines of the space are playfully contrasted with luxurious fabrics, antique furniture and unique materials.

Brown and Wilson own the Kentucky Bison Company, with 400 head of bison, and reside at their restored plantation house at the company’s working farm when not working or socializing in downtown Louisville.

Original description by Deborah Berke & Partners

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