Patrick Thompson Designs The Monarch Club Atop Detroit’s Element Hotel

At The Monarch Club in Detroit, Rejuvenation lamps glow upon a custom cherry banquette covered in JB Martin’s red velvet. Photography by John D’Angelo.

Downtown Detroit’s circa-1925 Metropolitan Building sat abandoned to the elements for almost 40 years before finding new life last winter as the Element Hotel. This fall, a crowning touch has been added to the structure: The Monarch Club, a rooftop venue featuring 2,500 and 4,000 square feet of interior and exterior space, respectively, comprised of a restaurant/lounge and three patios with stunning views of the refueled Motor City.

Patrick Thompson Design, which created a bold mix of art deco and mid-century interiors for the Element, returned as the creative vision behind The Monarch Club—check out before and after images here—installing a red velvet banquette that twists and turns dramatically along glossy, dark Kolay vinyl plank floors and intimate arrangements of club chairs and wingbacks. The real star, though, is the millwork in rich tones of blue and gray. Thompson cites “the clover and arch detailing in the back bar and pub tables” as a favorite, along with “the elaborate gothic detailing in the parapet walls and tower exterior.”

Visitors to the private area upstairs, The Keep, can enjoy 360-degree views of the city upon Schoolhouse sofas, club chairs by Industry West, and wingbacks by Restoration Hardware, all upon a Karastan rug. Photography by John D’Angelo.

Above it all is The Keep, located in the top-floor tower. Says Thompson: “Its small footprint and windows on all four sides of the space make it the place to be. You feel like you are on top of the city.” Or in its driver’s seat.  

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CB2 pendants illuminate the cherry bar and Industry West highbacks at The Monarch Club in Detroit, while the quartz-topped islands’ lamps are by Thomas O’Brien. Photography by John D’Angelo.
The downstairs lounge offers custom tables with chairs by Ton Company; the leather chairs are by Industry West. Photography by John D’Angelo.
Restoration Hardware sconces hang above Ton Company stools at The Monarch Club. Photography by John D’Angelo.

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