Monday, December 2, 2019

Hotel Indigo (Mautz Paint building) UPDATE. Return engagement

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8/22/2019 update starts here

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5/17/2019 update starts here.

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"Night Time" by the Strangeloves debutted at #85 on the Billboard Hot 100 for the week ending January 15, 1966.  It spent 8 weeks on the chart, peaking at #30.

But Hotel Indigo, the latest addition to the rapidly developing area, is paying homage to the paint company and Madison’s past. The hallways of the five-story hotel, its common spaces and 144 guest rooms — 96 of which are in the former Mautz warehouse — are filled with historic reminders. There are framed photographs of paint rollers, displays of old paintbrushes, photos of the city’s biking culture and, in the main lobby, a quote about colors and shapes from Sun Prairie native Georgia O’Keeffe.

1/3/2019 update starts here.

Two views from the East Main Street side
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11/28/2018 update starts here.

Looks as though the focus is now on interior work.

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10/20/2018 update, "The sun shines bright", starts here.

7/20/2018 update starts here.

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Hotel Indigo

6/23/2018 update, "Expansion now equals original building in height", starts here.

View from East Main Street between South Patterson and South Brearly
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View from South Patterson between East Main and East Washington

View from East Washington between South Brearly and South Patterson

6/4/2018 update, "Gutting and expansion is the name of the game", starts here.

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5/14/2018 update, "Mautz Paint building soon to be a boutique hotel", starts here.

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4/10/2018 update, "Views from 3 sides of Mautz Paint building now being transformed into boutique hotel", starts here.

View from East Main between South Paterson and South Brearly.

View from South Paterson between East Washington and East Main.

View from 900 block of East Washington

3/9/2018 update, "Renovation and excavation work begins at site of new hotel at 901 East Washington", starts here.

East Washington and South Peterson
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South Peterson near East Main

Related reading:
Madison Plan Commission approves hotel project for former Mautz Paint building.  (Wisconsin State Journal, 9/19/2017)

Original 5/13/2017 post, "Expensive lodgings planned for old brick building on East Washington in Madison", starts here.

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Boutique hotel proposed for long-vacant Mautz Paint building on East Washington.  (, 5/4/20017)

Building/site timeline.
  • 1928.  Mautz Paints moves factory operations into building, located at 901 East Washington.
  • 2001.  Mautz bought by Sherman-Williams.
  • 2002.  Factory closes.
  • 2005.  Proposed Brink development, Archipelago Village, goes nowhere.  Included 27-story building with retail, office space, condominiums, a grocery store and parking.
  • 2011.  Hovde proposal for 200,000 square feet of commercial space and parking also goes nowhere.
  • 2011.  Ale Asylum decides not to locate is operations here.
  • 2014.  Scaled-down Brink proposal includes space for StartingBlock, an entrepreneurial start-up center, which is now under construction in the 800 block of East Washington.
  • 2014.  Brink takes another stab at it. 

Related posts:
UPDATE. The Towering Isthmus: AC Hotel Madison is open for business.  (5/5/2017)
HotelRED Update: It's a gray day for developer after Madison Plan Commission sez no more tiers.  (3/28/2017)
The Towering Isthmus: 'Boutique' just means you can't afford to stay there.  (10/15/2016)

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