Tag: Winston Salem

The Kimpton Cardinal Hotel

Staying at the splendid Kimpton Cardinal Hotel, in Winston-Salem, at the recent ASID Carolinas Chapter Fall Conference was a designer’s dream.  The former headquarters of the R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company has been transformed into a boutique hotel and luxury apartments. Completed in 1929, the original Art Deco structure was designed by Shreve & Lamb who went on to design the Empire State Building in New York City.  the-kimpton-cardinal-hotel-winston-salem














The team for the adaptation of the Reynolds Building into a hotel and apartments, included Gensler, Theresa Fatino Design, crème, and Ohm Lighting.

The Kimpton Cardinal Hotel Lobby


An architectural inspiration for the Empire State Building, the building’s original gold-leaf ceilings and lavish brass and marble work have been preserved.   In 2014, the building was approved for inclusion on the National Register of Historic Places and every year the staff of the Empire State Building sends a Father’s Day card to the staff at the Reynolds Building in Winston-Salem to pay homage to its role as predecessor to the Empire State Building.

The Kimpton Cardinal Hotel elevator lobby

A mix of textiles and colors in the “Living Room” of the Kimpton Cardinal hotel creates a lively spot to enjoy a cup of coffee or a glass of wine.


kimpton-cardinal-hotel-living-roomAn adult slide in the basement recreation area adds to the sense of whimsy found through out the property.











Guest rooms are spacious and well appointed


Best of all the Kimpton Caridnal Hotel accommodates furry guests as well.the-kimpton-cardinal-hotel-dog-welcome

















Mr. H says: Buildings, too, are children of the earth and sun-Enjoy!

Whiling Away in Winston Salem

On a recent trip to High Point Furniture Market I was pleased to spend some time in charming Winston-Salem.  Even though its the fifth largest city in North Carolina, it harbors a wealth of charm and history.  From skyscrapers to the 1700 era structures of Old Salem, Winston Salem is a sojourn worthy city.

Completed in 1929, as the headquarters for the R. J. Reynolds Tobacco Company, The Reynolds Building was the design inspiration for the much larger and more famous Empire State Building in New York City that was built in 1931.

RJ Reynolds Building Winston Salem

The tallest building in the Piedmont Triad region is found in Winston-Salem.  The Wells Fargo Center or 100 North Main Street is a 1995 postmodern 34 floor skyscraper designed by Petronas Towers architect César Pelli.

Wachovia Tower Winston Salem

The area of Old Salem was originally settled by members of the Protestant Moravian Church in 1766.  Declared a National Historic Landmark in 1966, the town’s restored and reconstructed buildings, staffed by living-history interpreters, present visitors with a view of Moravian life in the 18th and 19th centuries.

Old Salem building

Old Salem streetscape

Old Salem

A trip is not complete with dining at the Tavern in Old Salem.

The Tavern in Old Salem

For the duration of my stay, I was happily ensconced in fellow ASID interior designer Susan Carson’s home.  Built in the 1920’s, it was a joy to behold her design of the interiors.

Winston Salem home

A stunning Zuber inspired hand painted wall mural in the entry

Hand painted stair mural

The elegant faux painted dining room with a cheetah patterned rug.

Faux Painted Dining Room

Mr. H says:  Seeing art and engineering as separate is not seeing the world as a whole-Enjoy!