Step inside Detroit’s Foundation Hotel in a video tour


The conversion of the old fire department headquarters into the Foundation Hotel in Detroit is a great example of functional, stylish adaptive reuse. Run by the Aparium Hotel Group, McIntosh Poris Associates, Simeone Deary Design Group and Sachse Construction, the hotel is a welcome addition to downtown.

The tiles of the old fire department were cleaned and repaired, and the large red doors were kept outside. Much of the rest of the design was new or salvaged from Detroit. Charred wood from the Architectural Salvage Warehouse separates the lobby from the stunning Apparate Room. Custom lights were designed for the room. 100 guest rooms now occupy former offices. Photos and artwork by local artists line the walls, and goodie baskets of Detroit products are available in rooms.

The Foundation Hotel is one of many new Detroit hotels. It’s right across from the Cobo Center. Our video team recently stopped by to capture the welcoming space in the clip above.


Dusty Kennedy