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PaperCity Dallas September 2020

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T he Kimpton Pittman Hotel, which opened late July in Deep Ellum, breathes new life into a long-neglected landmark building in the historic neighborhood. San Francisco-based hospitality group Kimpton Hotels & Restaurants opened the neighborhood's first luxury hotel inside the newly restored Knights of Pythias temple, which had sat empty for decades. Built BY REBECCA S H E R M A N KIMPTON CALLING famed fourth-floor ballroom, where celebrated blues musicians Blind Lemon Jefferson and Sam Lightnin' Hopkins once performed, has been restored to its original glory. The building's 100-year-old Beaux Arts architecture blends a brick-clad exterior with modern LEED-certified interiors created by Connecticut-based Busta Studio, and artwork reflecting the neighborhood's creative history. The Kimpton Pittman Hotel, 2551 Elm St., in 1916, it was the first commercial building built by and for African- Americans; the hotel is named after its architect, William S. Pittman, whose wife, Portia Washington Pittman, was the daughter of Booker T. Washington. Dallas architecture firm Perkins+Will was tapped for the building's redo, which includes 165 guest rooms and American farmhouse restaurant Elm + Good, led by chef Graham Dodds (formerly of Bolsa in Oak Cliff), a local pioneer of the farm-to-table trend. Other common areas include an indoor/outdoor lobby bar, resort- style pool, and meeting spaces. The Architect William S. Pittman, 1916 Elm + Good restaurant Kimpton Pittman Hotel lobby Former Knights of Pythias temple circa 1916, now The Kimpton Pittman Hotel Guest room bath Guest room at The Kimpton Pittman

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