Ingalls Historic Building Interior Architecture

Interior Architecture- Large Scale (>5,000 sf)

Project Narrative

The original 1st floor had a trivial lobby space that the design team opened to the street with the large windows and tall ceilings. In doing this, media pods were created, allowing guests to sit down, watch their show, work, and collaborate with respective visitors. We highlighted the ceilings historic components with a bold sea dive blue for the paint selection. This choice of color serves as a surprise and guests immediately notice the color, followed by the dramatic details of the original historic building. We blended conventional with modern and the bold combination created clean lines and heavy detailing throughout the space. Due to the limitations created by the existing concrete columns, the design team produced a variety of room styles to work with, creating modern, yet a-typical room variations. The guestrooms were painted similarly with dark blue for a dash of drama and correlating colors. The 2nd floor delivers a variety of work and play space that allows guests to gather with friends or sit solo while working. The 15th floor has exciting suites overlooking the Cincinnati city, making a terrific spot to enjoy 4th of July fireworks.

Speciality Awards

Historic Preservation

Built in 1903 as a bank, the 16-story structure was the world’s first reinforced concrete skyscraper. This building has been identified on the National Register of Historic Places, and as part of this adaptive reuse conversion, has received recommendation from the Ohio State Historic Preservation Office and approval from National Park Service for the proposed Description of Rehabilitation. The building was transformed into a 126-guestroom Courtyard by Marriott Hotel, complete with public and amenity spaces. The redesign maintained historical significance with original floors, ceiling elements, bank vaults, colossal beams remaining in the guest suites, honoring past and pushing the future.


The Ingalls Historic building conversion was a cross-disciplinary venture as we partnered with MEP specialists, historic conservation associates and Marriott colleagues, designers and architects. There were frequent collective meetings involving a variety of observations to assess and consider. Ensuring that likings were gathered, and thoughts were considered, this project became a collective undertaking. The Ingalls building was achieved with a team of various and diverse individuals. Blending many branches of knowledge and proficiency resulted in the mutually beautiful and functional completion of this historic space for everyone to appreciate.

Project Details

Submission Category

Interior Architecture- Large Scale (>5,000 sf)

Date of Completion

June, 2021