Case Study – Doubletree Fort Shelby Hotel

Located in the Motor City’s downtown area, this magnificent structure was designed in the Beaux-Arts architectural style, with brick and limestone incorporated as its main materials. Originally named for an Army fort that had been built on the site years ago, the 22-story building opened in 191 6. It eventually was renamed the “Pick Fort Shelby” when it was bought out by the Albert Pick Hotels Company in 1951. While the structure was listed on the National Register in 1983, its significance was undermined by the economic slow-down of the 1970s. The last remaining tenant was a bar which ultimately moved out in the mid ’90s. After years of mistreatment, a complete redevelopment began in 2007 and the building reopened in late 2008. The building, with its newly restored presence, now contains 203 guest suites and another 56 upper level apartments. The hotel also boasts a huge conference center, 17 meeting rooms and two huge ballrooms.