Tuesday, November 12, 2019

UPDATE. AC Hotel, Madison WI: A view from the 10th floor bar

Photo by Retiring Guy

6/11/2017 update, "Then and Now, East Washington and North Webster, Madison WI", starts here.

Then.  Originally (1936) the Pennco Service Station.  Now. The AC Hotel Madison Downtown.

Photos by Retiring Guy

Other Towering Isthumus posts:
UPDATE.  3 view of Capital Square development along West Doty Street.  (6/11/2017)
UPDATE.  HubBa and the West Gorham Street canyon.  (6/11/2017)
Downtown Madison MATC campus proposal.  (6/11/2017)
HubBa in the home stretch.  (6/2/2017)
UPDATE. The Towering Isthmus: AC Hotel Madison is open for business.  (5/5/2017)
UPDATE.  Two views of the Lyric Apartments from a sunny East Mifflin vantage point.  (4/6/2017)
UPDATE:  Another look at Ovation 309.  (10/22/2016)
'Boutique' just means you can't afford to stay there.  (10/15/2016)
UPDATE.  Uncommon, the final shot.  (9/16/2016)
UPDATE.  Capitol's Edge Apartments, the final shots.  (9/16/2016)
Another development starts to rise along East Washington Avenue.  (8/23/2016)
UPDATE:  The Lux on West Johnson Street.  (1/15/2016)
UPDATE.  The Towers of Porta Bella.  (8/13/2015)
670,000 square foot development risin' on the 800 block of East Washington.  (4/19/2015)
Sleeping and entertainment destination to rise in the middle of this photo.  (1/11/2015)
The Towering Isthmus: A behemoth hogs the skyline from Bascom Hill.  (12/4/2014)
Cranes at dusk.  (12/11/2014)
The Hub, the new hulk in town.  (11/16/2014)
North Bedford Street Project Still in the Proposal Stage.  (11/11/2014)
Coming soon: Another chapter in The Towering Isthmus Saga? (9/19/2014)
Blue Velvet.  (9/10/2014)
The New Edgewater Hotel gets ready for its fireworks celebration.  (9/10/2014)
Among the first wave of towers on the Isthmus.  (9/9/2014)
For those of you who haven't stood at the intersection of West Gilman and State Street in Madison Wisconsin lately.  (9/9/2014)
A tree grows on West Gilman Street.  (9/9/2014)
Nobly or otherwise, this is no longer the question.  (9/8/2014)
The towering isthmus (left to right).  (8/27/2014)
The Towering Isthmus (and the 3 cranes): For folks who can afford the view.  (7/22/2014)
That Was Then, This is Now: The 400 Block of West Gilman.  (7/18/2014)
New housing rising.  (5/8/2014)

5/5/2017 update, "AC Hotel Madison is open for business", starts here.

Photos by Retiring Guy

Downtown's new AC Hotel: European flavor, dramatic Wisconsin views.  (Wisconsin State Journal, 4/28/2017)
Boutique = pricey.  Pastry dough is flown in from France and baked fresh daily into croissants as part of the $15 continental breakfast on the 10th floor. The sleek rooms have state-of-the-art amenities, floating beds and rain-style shower heads. Artwork includes imported crystal from the Czech Republic. Some of the public spaces even have a signature scent — black leather and white musk. The views, however, are all Madison — and prolific.

3/4/2017 update, "AC Hotel Madison overhang is revealed", starts here.
Photo by Retiring Guy

Madison, you're about to be felt!  (But not just yet.)

AC Hotel locations.

2/7/2016 update, "...construction on a bright, sunshiny day", starts here.

Now taking reservations.

That's why it's called a boutique hotel.

1/14/2017 update at dusk starts here.

Photos by Retiring Guy

Source:  NCG

7/4/2016 update, "AC Hotel Madison at East Washington & North Webster (view from Capitol observation deck)" starts here.

Photos by Retiring Guy

And up close

6/14/2016 update 

2/26/2016 update starts here.

Foundation work continues
.  Capitol's Edge at rear center.  (Retiring Guy photo taken  on February 27, 2016)

Retiring Guy shares mid-January photos of the construction site.

North Central Group Breaks Ground On The AC Hotel Madison, The First Marriott Brand Hotel in Downtown Madison.  (Hospitality.net, 8/27/2015)
The ten-story AC Hotel Madison set to open in late 2016 will provide 164 much needed guest rooms to the downtown Madison market. The hotel will offer valet parking, a fitness center, coffee and espresso bar, ninth floor terrace and lounge, and flexible meeting space for business, social or family events. The tenth floor will also feature a rooftop bar/restaurant offering hotel guests and local diners spectacular views of Lake Mendota and Monona as well as the State Capitol building and will serve signature cocktails, specialty wines, craft beers and an exciting menu of European and locally influenced small plate cuisine.  

What was originally the City Car Company, then Pahl Tire in 1936, is no more.

After revisions, Plan Commission recommends East Wash hotel proposal  (Wisconsin State Journal, 2/10/2015)

Developer revives proposal for large hotel near Capitol Square.  (Wisconsin State Journal, 1/9/2015)
The new proposal by North Central Group brings a new design for a Mariott AC hotel featuring a lounge, restaurant and other public space with striking views of the state Capitol and a glass facade at the corner of East Washington Avenue and North Webster Street. 

The proposal for the former Pahl Tire site also addresses previous concerns raised by city staff and committee members.

 Pahl Tire Company (1936-2013)
At the northeast corner of East Washington and North Webster
Originally home to Pennco Service Station

Madison officials urge developers to 'up their game' after hotel project stalls at Pahl Tire site.  (Isthmus, 10/1/2014)

Dubious location.
The project was hamstrung because the lot it was proposed for is very small and on an awkward slope, complicating the construction of underground parking. It's also on a busy intersection on the outer loop around the Capitol Square, creating concerns about parking and traffic safety, as guests load and unload luggage

European style AC Hotel planned for Pahl Tire site in downtown Madison.  (Capital Times, 7/23/2014)

Or not.
To date, the hotel project has failed to pass muster with city planning officials who remain concerned about the impact on the Lamp House, which sits hidden in the middle of the 100 block of North Webster Street.

Several months ago, a citizen committee working to protect the Lamp House recommended no buildings taller than six stories on the block, in part to prevent long shadows from being cast on the landmark Wright building.

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