Proposed Redesign of the Bar and Lounge
The Desoto Hilton Hotel
Some years ago I was contacted by Hilton Hotels Southeast, to create a proposal for updating the Bar and Lounge at the Desoto Hilton in Savannah. One goal was to create a destination bar by creating an entrance from the street which had not existed before.The space and furnishings had not been refurbished since sometime in the late 1960's or early 1970's and needed freshening.
The proposal was geared to creating a more upscale and tailored space with a rich and comfortable feeling. There were two areas involved: the lower area containing the bar and entrances from both the hotel lobby and the new entrance from the street, and the upper level which would contain a piano, conversational areas and a new fireplace.
There was some existing paneling and architectural detailing and my plan called for enriching the existing elements with additional paneling and trim, including a new fireplace unit. Chandeliers, sconces and lamps were called for to create a more residential feel and to augment the existing recessed lighting.
Plane wall surfaces and the ceilings were to receive a warm brick coloration. The backs of all bookcases and shelving units were to be covered with a damask fabric approaching the coloration of the walls. Original artwork, both traditional and contemporary subjects in rich frames, would also add a more personal and residential feeling to the space.
The areas would be unified by the use of carpeting in a large scale federal pattern containing moss green, brick red and deep wine elements inset into a predominately deep wine border. Accessories would include chinese export porcelain, stone pedestals and bronze or obsidian figures.
The plans were well accepted and approved.