This building, formerly the First National Building, was Lexington’s first skyscraper at 15 stories. When it was built in 1913 it was the tallest building between Cincinnati and Atlanta. Built by the architectural firm of McKim, Mead and White, the building is seeing new life as the 21c Museum Hotel. It took four years to remodel and update the building into a modern hotel complete with restaurant, bar, art gallery and meeting spaces.
Fayette National Bank commissioned the New York firm of
McKim, Mead and White, whose credits include Madison Square Garden among
others, to design the building. The building needed to reflect the bank’s prominence.
It was a classic skyscraper design of the time and had a three-story arched
windows at the top. It was home to several different banks and offices through
Deborah Berke, the first female dean of the Yale School of
Architecture, did the design work on the hotel. The building which was the last
high-rise building built in the city before World War I, was added to the
National Register of Historic Places in 1980.
The boutique hotel features permanent art collections and
traveling exhibitions. Each of the 88 guest rooms features original artwork. Visitors
to the hotel or the Lockbox restaurant can also expect to find art in
unexpected places. The hotel also hosts a variety of special events, such as
yoga with art, and is available for private events.