Location: Nashville, TN

Interior Designer: ForrestPerkins

Construction Company: RC Matthews: Walker Matthews

Photography: Alyssa Rosenheck & Brandon Barre

The Hermitage hotel is a historic property designated a National Historic Landmark and a member of the Historic Hotels of America. ForrestPerkins work included the renovation of the Architectural Interiors, Interior Design, and the Historic Preservation of the building which encompassed 15,000 SF of public spaces & 80,000 SF of Guestrooms & Suites. 

The hotel’s design has stepped into a more modern realm of finishes and furnishings to align with the new generation of ownership’s vision for its future. The designers preserved the historic interior envelope and significant elements such as the stained-glass skylight in the Lobby, its Tennessee Marble floors and columns, the walnut paneling and elaborate plaster ceiling of the Ballroom, and the Vaulted Ceilings. A new, fresh, and light paint color scheme emphasizes the architectural elements and transitional furnishings provide multiple seating options. A new bar situated in the Lobby serves as a focal point for Tea Service and Evening Cocktails. 

ForrestPerkins also added new finishes and bespoke furnishings for all guest rooms and suites. In addition, the suite bathrooms received a complete makeover, with new marble vanities and fixtures. The stunning Hermitage Suite, overlooking the Tennessee Capitol, was reimagined as a luxurious penthouse with many distinctive features such as Library Dining Room, an elaborate coffered ceiling, and an elegant bathroom in which a free-standing soaking tub set against an antiqued mirror alcove is the feature. Guest elevator lobbies and corridors each have a distinctive character, featuring curated artwork and displays celebrating the hotel’s illustrious past and the allure of travel. 

The foundation of the design is the building’s distinctive architectural character. Rather than removing any significant elements, the designers updated the look and feel through strategic placement of color, refreshed lighting, and new modern elements. To the local clientele and returning guests, the hotel remains familiar but fresh and new at the same time. The Hermitage is Nashville’s true landmark hotel and as such, it is a key feature of the city.