DREAM HOTEL GROUP AND 4PANT LLC CELEBRATE TOPPING OUT OF DREAM NASHVILLE
Highly Anticipated Downtown Hotel Takes Its Place in the Nashville Skyline
NASHVILLE, TN (October 24, 2017) – Developed by 4PANT LLC, in partnership with Dream Hotel Group, Dream Nashville will be a driving force in the ongoing restoration and revitalization of downtown Nashville. Located in historic Printers Alley at Fourth Avenue North, the 169-room hotel is expected to open with six experiential dining and nightlife venues in late 2018 and pairs Earl Swensson Architects with Meyer Davis Studio for interiors.
The topping out ceremony for Dream Nashville took place yesterday, Monday, October 23, 2017, and featured Vice Mayor David Briley as keynote speaker, as well as Executive Director of Planning Doug Sloan and key members of the Dream team, 4PANT principals Alex Marks and Bill Barkley and Dream Hotel Group CEO Jay Stein. The evening commenced with a ceremonial reveal of the project’s new exterior signage on the former Utopia Hotel building and wrapped with a live musical performance by Nashville-based duo Striking Matches from Capitol Records.
“Dream Nashville represents where we’ve been and, more importantly, where we are going as a city,” said Vice Mayor David Briley. “The topping out of Dream marks one more step in the right direction for the world to visit and experience this rich and energetic city.”
The site consists of four buildings – the Climax Saloon, Utopia Hotel and two smaller buildings in between. “The Climax Saloon and Utopia Hotel were at the foundation of the Gentlemen’s Quarter, one of the most popular entertainment spots of the 19th century,” said Nashville lawyer and historian for the project David Ewing.
The development team was able to preserve the original steel stamp façade of the Climax Saloon, which first opened its doors in 1867, bringing a significant part of Printers Alley back to life, while still honoring the elegant late Victorian architecture of the neighborhood. The iconic stone exterior of the Utopia Hotel building was also fully restored with its original wood floors and crown molding. Built in 1891, the Utopia was designed by Ryman Auditorium architect Hugh C. Thompson and served as a brothel, gambling hall and whiskey saloon.
“We picked Printers Alley because we believe in its rich history of music and entertainment,” said Alex Marks, Principal Partner, 4PANT LLC. “The day it opens, Dream Nashville will join and enhance an iconic neighborhood that is already home to a dynamic blend of history and nightlife. Downtown is fast becoming a vibrant, integrated, mixed-use destination on a scale not seen in Nashville since the 1940's." 4PANT is the ownership entity of Dream Nashville, comprised of several Nashville natives who collectively want to help reinvent the Printers Alley historic district and bring a unique, upscale hospitality experience to Music City.
“All of us at Dream are proud to play a role in creating what will be one of the most spectacular rehabilitations in downtown Nashville,” said Dream Hotel Group CEO Jay Stein. “We’re thrilled to introduce Dream as the new gem of Music City and a critical addition to our growing portfolio.”
With more visitors and business relocations in recent history, downtown Nashville is experiencing unprecedented economic growth and revitalization. Dream Nashville is expected to generate tax revenue and create new jobs, while also offering the growing residential and business communities a new reason to work and play in the neighborhood surrounding Printers Alley.
“Dream Nashville is a great example and representation of our success and future, while shining a new light on historic Printers Alley,” said Butch Spyridon, president and CEO of the Nashville Convention & Visitors Corp. “An upscale boutique hotel, surrounded by great food and music, helps fill a fills a void and strengthens our product. This is truly a dream project on many levels.”
Printers Alley takes its name from its early connection with Nashville's printing, publishing and newspaper industry, then located in the immediate area. The alley also became the center of the city's nightlife and serviced the hotels, restaurants, and saloons fronting Fourth Avenue, which was known as the Gentlemen's Quarter in the late nineteenth century. Nightclubs opened in the 1940s, and the alley became a showcase for the talents of performers such as Boots Randolph, Chet Atkins, Waylon Jennings, Hank Williams, George Jones and Dottie West. Although the printers have long since gone, the world famous Printers Alley still remains as Nashville's dirty little secret. It didn't matter what you were looking for, you could find it there.
Construction for Dream Nashville began in October of 2016 and the project’s ceremonial topping out marks the next phase towards finalizing the iconic project. Dream Nashville will open with 169 guest rooms and suites and a mix of dynamic dining, nightlife and meeting spaces in late 2018.
About Dream Hotels
Born in 2004, Dream Hotels are individually curated properties that together comprise a unique narrative. The brand is underwritten by a design philosophy that is both surreal and contemporarily chic. Located in the United States and abroad, the design of each property is informed by its locale and taken to Dream status by a pool of world-renowned architects and interior designers. The result is a stay experience well-suited to the discerning traveler who seeks comfort in a truly cosmopolitan atmosphere. For more information, please visit www.dreamhotels.com
About Dream Hotel Group
Dream Hotel Group is a hotel brand and management company with a rich, 30-year history of managing properties in some of the world’s most highly competitive hotel environments. Home to its Dream Hotels, Time Hotels, The Chatwal and Unscripted Hotels brands, Dream Hotel Group encompasses three business lines: Proprietary Brands, Hotel Management and Dining & Nightlife. The Company is committed to the philosophy that forward-thinking design, service and guest experiences should be available across market segments. Dream Hotel Group is dedicated to offering travelers an authentic connection to their chosen destination through a truly original approach. For more information, please visit www.dreamhotelgroup.com and follow @dreamhotelgroup on Twitter.