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City staff: Proposed State Street hotel could ‘adversely affect’ adjacent landmark building

May 14, 2018 GMT

A proposed hotel on State Street could “adversely affect the historic character” of an adjacent landmark-designated building, according to a report by city staff.

A development team is proposing to build a 130-room hotel over four properties on the 100 block of State Street. But the hotel’s presence on State Street and its secondary frontage along North Carroll Street could impact the Lamb Building at 114 State St., said the report, which was prepared by city preservation planner Amy Scanlon.

Constructed in 1905, the Queen Anne-style Lamb Building was designed by master architect Louis Claude, the report said. The three-story building was designated a local landmark in 1983 and put on the National Register of Historic Places in 1984.

“The Lamb Building has been flanked by period buildings that provide it an appropriate immediate context and the proposed development will change that context,” the staff report said.

The hotel plans have been revised since originally proposed in late 2016 after the development group acquired two additional properties — a two-story building at 124 State St. and a four-story building at 126 State St. — that would allow the hotel to have a larger presence along the pedestrian mall and add a few more rooms.

A six-story building at 122 State St. and a two-story structure at 118 State St. are also part of the $40 million development.

Parts of the buildings at 118 and 126 State St. would be retained in the design, while 122 and 124 State St. would be demolished.

“The proposed building complements the historic character of the adjacent landmark as well as the architectural fabric of State Street as a whole,” a development proposal said.

Along State Street, the hotel would stand four stories before rising up to eight stories with a ninth-floor terrace at the intersection of North Carroll and West Dayton streets.

The city staff report said the hotel’s State Street design is “visually intrusive and may be large as to adversely affect the historic character and integrity of the primary facade” of the Lamb Building.

For the North Carroll Street side, the hotel’s massing “does negatively affect the historic character” of the Lamb Building, according to the report.

The city’s Landmarks Commission meets at 5 p.m. Monday to offer an advisory recommendation on the hotel and its relationship with the Lamb Building. That recommendation will be passed along to the Urban Design and Plan commissions when they review the project.