St. Moritz/Loews Hotel Historic Restoration
Outside the St. Moritz/ Loews Hotel, Zyscovich restored the original St. Moritz sign to the roof, retained and restored the original keystone steps and metal railings, and restored the terrazzo on the front and rear plazas. Most importantly, the firm joined the old with the new in a way that preserves the St. Moritz’s singularity. The Anchor Shops and Parking Garage proved integral to the Hotel Development Agreement by enabling the Loews Hotel to meet its parking requirements as specified under the City’s zoning ordinance. The firm conceived of a means of providing the necessary parking spaces within 500 feet of the hotel, as required by the City’s zoning code, in a way that both practically and handsomely served the urban setting. By reopening 16th Street as a roadway, incorporating the historic buildings into a new structure, and building 21,500 SF of retail space at ground level, the design provided a safe, secure, and easily maintainable parking facility without the visual and physical intrusion of a massive parking pedestal.
The parking structure is conceived as an urban building with pedestrian oriented activities at the street. The building was designed to blend into the character of the historic district and is clad with a combination of architectural pre-cast, for the garage component which is set back from the street, and stucco at the retail level at the sidewalk. The structure itself is a precast structure with field or factory applied topping slabs. The facility is highly sensitive to issues of security, nighttime use, maintainability and ease of operation. The 800-car garage services both the hotel and the general public.