Fort Worth hotel scene revival continues with Kimpton Harper in downtown

While the hotel industry has been pretty quiet during the pandemic, the Fort Worth hotel scene is coming to life. In April, The Drover, a Marriott Autograph hotel in the Stockyards, opened.

On June 2nd, the much-anticipated Kimpton Harper Hotel will open in the former Farmer’s and Mechanics Bank building in the city center.

Memphis-based Development Services Group Inc. acquired the architectural landmark near Sundance Square from XTO Energy in November 2018 and oversaw adaptive reuse to convert it from an office building to the Harper Hotel. DSG Inc. is a licensee of Kimpton Hotels and Restaurants in San Francisco.

The hotel will be the first Kimpton hotel in Fort Worth, but will join two more in the state. One of them is the Kimpton Pittman Hotel, which recently opened in the Deep Ellum neighborhood of Dallas. The other one in Austin has a connection to Fort Worth. It’s called the Kimpton Hotel Van Zandt and is a nod to the late Texan singer-songwriter Townes Van Zandt, whose family is firmly anchored in Fort Worth history.

The Kimpton Harper Hotel has 10,000 square feet of meeting and event space, including the Sanguinet boardroom (think of that name when you get to the next paragraph) on the 24th floor and the Centurion Ballroom on the second floor, as well as a rooftop observation deck with 360 degree views of Fort Worth.

Originally built in the heart of downtown Fort Worth in 1921 as the headquarters of the Farmer’s and Mechanics Bank, the building’s redesign coincides with the 100th anniversary of its original completion. It was designed by Sanguinet and Staats, one of the most famous architecture firms in the city. Mauran, Russell and Crowell acted as associate architects, and Westlake Construction Co. of St. Louis was general contractor, according to the Architecture in Fort Worth website. At 24 stories, the building was once the tallest west of the Mississippi and the tallest in Fort Worth until 1957.

The top floor is Refinery 714, a penthouse bar and lounge named after the street where the hotel is located (714 Main St.). Other dining and drinking options include Il Modo, a downstairs restaurant and bar that serves Italian cuisine under the direction of Chef Matt Williams.

Located on the ground floor, Il Modo is easily accessible to both travelers and locals. The restaurant overlooks the pasta room for a behind-the-scenes look. Private meals and pasta-making classes are available for special occasions.

The Harper Hotel has 226 guest rooms and suites.

Forchielli Glynn’s designer, Cynthia Forchielli, brought the details to life. Local art is on display and guests will find allusions to Fort Worth history, such as a panther figure (referring to the nickname ‘Panther City’) greeting guests as they open the closet. The rooms and suites offer Frette linens, Atelier Bloem toiletries, bluetooth speaker systems and plush bathrobes. For guests who want a little more space, 31 one-bedroom suites offer amenities and more, such as bathtubs, wet bars, and views of downtown Fort Worth and the surrounding plains.

The Harper Hotel is managed by Pivot, the lifestyle industry of the Davidson Hospitality Group.

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