Mainsail Lodging & Development
Hotel Forty Five, a Tribute Portfolio Hotel by Marriott, located in downtown Macon, Ga. is an adaptive reuse of an 11-story office tower built in 1939. To give this downtown landmark a look and feel that would pay homage to its history yet attract a younger generation, partners Mainsail Lodging & Development and IDP Properties turned to trusted interior design partner, BRPH.
This 94-room boutique hotel brand celebrates Macon’s 3 Cs – cherry blossoms, cotton and concert halls – as well as hometown musical legends Otis Redding, Little Richard and the Allman Brothers. Patterned terrazzo floors, which provide pops of color as well as wayfinding, are original to the building and true to its art deco/early mid-century modern style.
Throughout the lobby, guest rooms and other venues – Loom, its signature restaurant; Hightales Rooftop Bar, a sixth-floor lounge; and Reckon Coffee & Wine Bar – the décor is comprised of strong and earthy materials such as copper, walnut and blackened steel balanced by soft, unbleached cotton. A color palette of Ivy green, cherry and ivory create continuity throughout.
The use of copper as an architectural finish and in furnishings throughout the hotel was inspired by the copper dome of the adjacent Macon City Auditorium. The color banding and textural fluting in the original architectural cladding are re-introduced into the interior as a nod to this timeless design.
The BRPH team seamlessly wove together these historic and cultural elements to create a space that captures Macon’s effortless charm and Southern hospitality, as well as the character of the original building.